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Reporters Without Orders Ep 275: Government denying information, three years of #JusticeForSSR

A reporters’ podcast about what made news and what shouldn’t have.

WrittenBy:NL Team

This week, host Tanishka Sodhi is joined by Newslaundry’s Shwet Pandey and independent journalist Saurav Das. 

Saurav this week reported on how the government “blocks” requests for information and how a case filed by satirist Tanul Thakur might change this. “If the judgement is in favour of Tanul Thakur, then it could change censorship practices in India,” he says.

Shwet, who wrote on the three-year anniversary of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, explains the media frenzy surrounding the case. The assembly election was held in Rajput’s home state of Bihar soon after his death, and Shwet says, “Five percent of the political vote bank is the Rajput community. So it was a very effective ploy to politicise his death for their own agenda.”

The panel discusses nepotism, mental health awareness, self-censorship among journalists, and a lot more. Tune in.


00:00:00 - Introduction

00:01:28 - Government censorship

00:09:36 - SSR’s three-year death anniversary 

00:40:52 - Law Commission's sedition report

00:45:10 - Recommendations



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