Media watchdog urges India to protect journalists

January 7, 2011 06:19


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NEW DELHI — A media watchdog group said journalists working in India's conflict zones face intimidation and false arrest, without the same protections as those in major cities.

Reporters Without Borders asked India on Friday to explain last week's arrest of two journalists in different states who were accused of meeting with communist rebels, saying one had been at a literary conference and the other was entrapped by police.

It also condemned charges of intimidating witnesses leveled against a reporter who revealed police abuse in southern Karnataka.

The Paris-based group urged India to guarantee reporters protection from intimidation and abuse, saying a police-backed militia in central Chhatisgargh is sending threatening letters to rights activists and reporters, including three told last month to leave or face a "dog's death."

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