Archive for May 10th, 2010

How police are gagging media on Naxals

10 May 2010

What are the occupational hazards of interviewing a Naxal leader in India today?

Two notices under four Acts.

Rahul Belagali, a reporter of the mass-circulation Kannada daily Praja Vani, met a leader of the communist party of India (Maoist), at an “undisclosed” location last year.

His paper subsequently printed the interview.

Gauri Lankesh writes in Tehelka that the reporter was first threatened with action under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967 if he did not cooperate with the police who were trying to obtain more information about a Maoist leader.

Then, in a subsequent notice, the police have threatened to book him and his paper’s associate editor Padmaraj Dandavate under the Indian Arms Act, the Destruction of Government Property Act, the Explosives Act, and the dreaded UAPA.

For the record, the police who have threatned action belong to the home-district of Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa.

Read the full article: Operation media gagging

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