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Reporters Without Orders Ep 313: CAA protests in Assam, UP’s new information commissioners

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

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This week, host Basant Kumar is joined by Newslaundry’s Pratyush Deep.

Pratyush reported on the Assam police increasing security and barricading in anticipation of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which the government this week said it would soon implement. He says there’s a huge difference in intensity of protests between 2019 and 2024. But Basant points out the government laid the groundwork to make sure no protest could take place.

Basant talks about his report on Uttar Pradesh appointing a chief information commissioner and 10 information commissioners last week. At least four have links to the BJP or are favourable to Chief Minister Adityanath, he says. He also explains his interview with Indrajeet Ghorpade, a 32-year-old techie and activist from Pune who has filed over 50 complaints against hate speech on news channels. 

Watch. 

Timecodes

00:00:00 - Introduction

00:05:53 - Cops try to quell Assam’s CAA disquiet 

00:24:10 - Appointments of information commissioners in UP 

00:33:42 - Interview with Indrajeet Ghorpade 

00:34:48 - Recommendations

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