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The subject of police violence and the media assumes special importance in the context of the 2005 notorious fake encounter killings by the Gujarat police of Sohrabuddin and others, which has now become a hot issue. The media have played a commendable role in uncovering the details of the incidents in this case and the unquestionable involvement of the Andhra and Rajasthan police too in these fake encounters. The Gujarat police leadership and subordinates, as well as the top political leadership of the state, were fully involved in these fake …

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I hail from one of the most backward blocks of Orissa, the Mohana block in the Gajapati district. This block has 32 gram panchayats and is predominantly a tribal area with an overwhelming Christian community. The block is equally infested with Maoists who have a parallel administration in almost 16 gram panchayats.
I started my career in the year 2000 as a paper hawker for Sambad, the leading local daily in Orissa. Taking note of my reporting skills and inputs, which I provided to the newspaper, the editor asked me to …

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Karavali Ale, which was started 18 years ago in Mangalore, is literally the voice of the coastal people of Karnataka. Its role in striving for transparency in coastal Karnataka’s public life has been at various times recognised, the latest one being the special recognition by the Transparency International. Karavali Ale has inspired public agitations by fishermen, farmers, dalits, tribals and commuters, exposing in the process the SEZ lobby, private transporters’ lobby and builders’ lobby, and not the least, fake godmen, to name a few. It has tooth and nail opposed …

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I would like to share my own experiences about a certain story and the manner in which that story developed and I had my own small brush with the Lok Sabha. But, I do not consider myself a victim at all, in spite of having a dozen cases slapped against me by authorities of all kinds. Journalists as such who come in friction with the State more likely become “shoot the messenger” club. We are all messengers who are being shot.
In December 2005, Cobrapost.com carried out Operation Duryodhana, which captured …

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Manipur, my home state, is a place where the government agencies such as the police and security forces operate with impunity created by the prolonged imposition of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
The AFSPA, 1958 has been enforced in the whole of Manipur since 1980. Under this Act, a mere suspicion by a non-commissioned officer of the armed forces is enough to call for the arrest without warrant, torture and killing of any person, or destruction of any property.

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