Statements

Statements

The attacks on journalists and press photographers covering the panchayat poll process in West Bengal is reprehensible. Such intimidation and violence adversely impacts free and fair reporting of the electoral process, and also impinges on the public’s right to know, says the NWMI
Noting with deep concern the sustained and apparently orchestrated social media vilification of journalist Rana Ayyub, the NWMI demands that the Cyber-Crime cell of the Delhi Police take immediate steps to ensure safety for Rana Ayyub, identify the source/s of the threats and take stringent action against them.
The Network of Women in Media in India (NWMI), a collective of women media professionals across India, strongly condemns the patronising behaviour of Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, towards a woman journalist, Lakshmi Subramanian, at a press conference held in Chennai on Tuesday, April 17. The Governor decided to pat Lakshmi on the cheek when asked a question by the journalist – an act that amounts to sexual harassment at the workplace under the laws of the country.
Swathi cartoonThe NWMI strongly condemns the filing of an FIR against journalist and cartoonist Swathi Vadlamudi under Section 295 (a) of the IPC (“deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli­gious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or reli­gious beliefs”). The cartoon in question depicts the mythical Hindu gods, Ram and Sita, on the issue of abduction and violence against women in India.
The NWMI is concerned about the order issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, on 4 April 2018 constituting a committee for framing regulations for online media/news portals and online content. We beleive that without the involvement of stakeholders in the media industry, such as working journalists, editors and their genuinely representative bodies, and members of the public, no decision on best practices can be taken by a state sponsored committee with an over-representation of bureaucrats.
NWMI strongly condemns the physical violence meted out to journalists covering a padyatra (long march) by students and teachers of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi on March 23 and demands strict action against the perpetrators.
Two women and three male journalists were gravely injured in the incident on the Assam-Mizoram border at Hailakandi on March 10. Attacks on journalists in the Northeastern states of the country have become dangerously routine.
The NWMI expresses outrage at the NIA’s attempt to lay down the “moral duty of a journalist'”.
The NWMI at its recently concluded 13th national meeting in Chennai expressed its deep concern at the widespread insecurity and vulnerability in the media profession in these times of growing intolerance, when freedom of expression and spaces for dissent are under siege.
The Network of Women in Media, India, is appalled that the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has reportedly lodged a police complaint against Rachna Khaira, a journalist at The Tribune, over her report on the vulnerability of Aadhaar data.

The Network of Women in Media in India stands in solidarity with Mumbai-based independent journalist Priyanka Borpujari, who was assaulted and detained by the Bandra-Kurla Complex police on December 26, 2017, while she was recording a slum demolition ordered by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Hans Bhugra Marg, Santa Cruz, Mumbai.

Priyanka was released only after seven hours of detention, after her statement was recorded and she was charged under several sections of the IPC, including “obstructing a government action” and “unlawful assembly”. Four other women, all residents of the slum, were also detained and charged under similar sections.    

The Network of Women in Media in India stands in solidarity with the editors of Coimbatore-based website The Covai Post who have been receiving death threats for a story on their website and condemns the harassment of Vidyashree Dharmaraj and AR Meyammai.

Over the past week, the editors of The Covai Post, Vidyashree Dharmaraj and AR Meyammai, have been at the receiving end of death threats and harassment for a story on their website, titled 'Girls in puberty stage paraded half-naked, offered to deity for a fortnight', published on September 24, 2017
To the spirit of Gauri Lankesh, you inspire us forever. To journalists everywhere, this is a note of solidarity. We the Network of Women in the Media, India solemnly swear to uphold the values of journalism. This does not and should not need to be prefaced with good. Or courageous. Or brave. We must simply power on in the face of the greatest adversity, threats and political opposition to do what our job mandates. To be free and fair and stand together solidly behind each other to be able to rise against the tidal wave of intolerance and often criminal intimidation that surrounds us and tries to prevent us everywhere. We want to declare to ourselves and to everyone that is watching with and without malice - we will not be prevented, silenced, outdone or shut down. 

NWMI wrote to the Press Council of India on the provocative headline and news report in Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar’s Surat edition relating to the recent attack on Amarnath pilgrims.  NWMI strongly condemns such reports and deplores the callous reporting and editing that produces them.  

 

The Network for Women in Media India (NWMI) strongly condemns the blatant rape culture in the entertainment industry, as evident in a recent film function and demands that strict action be taken against those indulging in verbal normalisation of / abetment to rape in the name of entertainment.

The cases are under the Official Secrets Act and abetment to suicide on Poonam Aggarwal for her February 2017 Quint video (later removed) exposing the Indian army's exploitative ‘sahayak’ system 

The Network of Women in Media, India condemns the harassment of Chennai-based independent journalist Sandhya Ravishankar following her expose on the illegal beach sand mining mafia in Tamil Nadu operating with political collusion.

The NWMI on October 15 learnt that journalist Rupesh Samant’s name was struck off the accreditation list for the BRICS Summit in Goa. While his name featured in the list submitted by PTI, the Ministry of External Affairs is believed to have instructed the PIB not to give him the accreditation card.

NWMI is shocked to hear that the Press Trust of India has applied for accreditation to Rupesh Samant, who faces investigation and judicial proceedings on charges of sexual harassment 

On August 9, 2016, NWMI wrote its second follow-up letter to PTI regarding Rupesh Samant, a journalist associated with PTI in Goa. Samant continues to write for PTI though first information reports have been registered against him for sexual harassment. 

The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) is outraged at the attempt to intimidate and silence publisher Indranil Roy and editor Krishna Prasad of Outlook magazine and award-winning independent writer Neha Dixit for an important investigation into the trafficking of young girls from Assam to Gujarat and Punjab.

The Network of Women in Media, India, strongly condemns the continuing online abuse and harassment of women in general and women journalists in particular. We believe this growing phenomenon not only amounts to gender-specific hate speech but also represents an increasingly common form of gender violence and a disturbing threat to freedom of the press.

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