Covering Conflict

The “Urban Naxal” press conference

IN Media Freedom | 2018-09-05

While Republic TV set the agenda for the raids on alleged “Urban Naxals” and Time Now picked up from it, here is what the accused said at a press conference.

 Decoding the dynamics between Adivasis and Maoists

BY Kishalay Bhattacharjee| IN BOOKS |28/10/2017

“I have spent most of my working life so far studying the lives of people in what we casually refer to as ‘conflict zones’… as a journalist and chronicler, I approached them through a completely different route,”


Covering the North East cauldron


What are the constraints and dilemmas of newspapers in the North East as they seek to cover current and ancient conflicts? A new book has insights.


Bastar: the story not told


Rape, beatings and looting in Bastar by the security forces remain hidden because of media indifference.


Reporting on the Naxal movement


How well do India’s multiple language dailies provide essential political knowledge to citizens of this electoral democracy


Arrested, tortured, jailed in South Bastar


Nag was a rare Adivasi journalist in the region. Yadav was a very active reporter, and villagers often approached him for help since he knew Gondi and Hindi.


Murder and Maoist rationalisations


One doesn't need to be a state apologist to find something extremely perturbing about just another murder of an unarmed man.


Killing reflects erosion of Maoist ideology?

BY Geeta Seshu| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |08/12/2013

"He was the authentic voice of the area. He ... wrote consistently against corruption- - against the government, the Salwa Judum and against the Maoists."


The politics of labeling


As sections of the mainstream Indian media uncritically join the clamour for a security solution to Maoism, legitimate concerns expressed by advocates of human rights are ignored


Media does not hide its colour


If we do accept, as all the papers say, that it is a war between the State and the rebels, ought the media to take sides


Mumbai riots exposed both English and Urdu press

BY Jyoti Punwani| IN OPINION |24/08/2012

Arup Patnaik's exemplary restraint while controlling a manic mob was not worthy of praise for the English press.



Anti maoism jingles


The government is planning to broadcast radio jingles on a bigger scale on All India Radio, featuring themes of countering Maoism. AIR has already been airing these jingles for the past one month in four naxal affected states Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Orissa. The jingles are meant to lure villagers and tribals..


The politics of labeling


As sections of the mainstream Indian media uncritically join the clamour for a security solution to Maoism, legitimate concerns expressed by advocates of human rights are ignored,


Media does not hide its colour?


If we do accept, as all the papers say, that it is a war between the State and the rebels, ought the media to take sides


Sudipta the Naxal


The Times of India has this incredible story buried in the middle of page 14 claiming that Sudipta Sen is actually a former Naxalite, known to Charu Mazumdar, who went to jail and then turned landbroker using the network he developed in jail. If its true doesn't it deserve better..


Journalist Arrested


Police have arrested a journalist for allegedly procuring weapons and ammunition for Naxals in Chattisgarh. Sheikh Anwar was arrested along with an alleged Naxal, and his wife was arrested earlier as well. According to police, Anwar works as a journalist in the Naxal region of Kota, and he along with..


Truth buried under inspired reporting

BY Sankar Ray| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |28/08/2010

A report that has no quotes on behalf of the accused and names, although as an alias, a rape victim, violates basic journalistic ethic.


Operation Green Hunt's Urban Avatar

IN CENSORSHIP |17/06/2010

Distortions,falsification and a witch-hunt...anything goes when news is to be manufactured,


India wants to know


Each new atrocity in the Naxal belt comes as a godsend for Times Now.


Govt ad masquerades as truth

BY Meena Gopal| IN MEDIA MONITORING |25/04/2010

When a government adopts propaganda as a mechanism to reach out to the people, it is a tacit admission of a people's divided thinking on the role of the Maoists.


The New Jungle Boys on TV


Ever since Lalgarh catapulted naxals into TV headlines, every tiny bit of news on them is now tracked with breathless urgency.


Dialogue of the deaf?

BY sevanti ninan| IN OPINION |04/02/2010

Why would Karan Thapar want to bring Binayak Sen on his show? For roughly the same reason, it transpired, that an Arnab Goswami would want to bring a Gautam Navlakha on his.


After the Laxman Choudhury episode

BY Sarada Lahangir| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |02/01/2010

After a stringer without an ID card from his paper languished in jail for two and half months, journalists in Orissa are organising themselves under the banner of Media Unity for Freedom of the Press.


No response from HT?

IN OPINION |04/12/2009

Letter to the Hoot: This inability of the newspaper to carry the response from the affected parties is tantamount to suppressing facts which are relevant to the issue raised by Neelesh Misra.


Media, propaganda and the Maoists

BY Ajitha Menon| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |31/10/2009

Are journalists so dependent on Kishenji's phone calls to cover Maoist issues in West Midnapore that they are willing to take all kind of arrogant, humiliating nonsense from him


Photographers and the Maoists

BY Gautam Navlakha| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |11/11/2009

The CPI(Maoists) is an underground party. Thus any leader of this party must hide his/her identity. Therefore, asking media not to take frontal shots of leaders is perfectly legitimate.


Handling Hector

BY A Dissenter| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |23/10/2009

The liberal-left is getting clobbered in the TV debates on Naxal violence.


Assam TV channels live off conflict

BY Monideepa Choudhury| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |21/10/2009

The political ownership is reflected in the coverage since allegiance to a political party colors objectivity and reality,


Soft on Naxals?


What is it about a discussion on Naxalism that draws out so much aggression in our TV anchors? On the 20th evening Arundhati Roy and and Gladson Dungdung from Jharkhand were at the receiving end of Rajdeep Sardesai and Suhasini Haidar on CNN IBN attacking them for being soft on..


Media cautiously optimistic about Black Widow surrender

BY Monideepa Choudhury | IN MEDIA PRACTICE |08/10/2009

Surrenders by militant groups are par for the course in Assam, which is why the surrender of 340 DHD(J) militants on October 2 merited single column stories in most papers, with not even an editorial comment in the Dainik Agradoot,


Manipur: violent, yet out of mind

BY sevanti ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |06/10/2009

Mainstream Amnesia Part III. An emergency, be it one of law and order or of governance, is not recognised as one if the media abdicates. Though Manipur saw a steady flow of violence, most of it went unnoticed in the surveyed mainstream dailies.


Reporting Assam's ethnic cauldron

BY sevanti ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/10/2009

Mainstream Amnesia, Part II. Assam burned in the two months under review but with the exception of the Indian Express and the Hindu there was no analytical reporting.


King Kong Kobad

BY Jyoti Punwani| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |27/09/2009

Naxalites are terrorists for the media, not just for young reporters who don't know anything, but also for some TV anchors who should be more knowledgeable.


Two media takes on Kobad Ghandy


Two extracts from the same Sunday's papers makes an apt study in subjectivity.


The hour of imagination

BY Raghu Karnad| IN OPINION |11/09/2009

Increasingly, news events are characterized by the Hour of Imagination, the period in which the hyperbolic and the spectacular are possible, before drab facts force themselves onto the scene.


Not Naxals



The art of not writing 

BY Shubrangshu Choudhary| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |16/04/2009

"Journalism here is the art of not writing," he said. "I earn around Rs 5,000 every month by not writing."


Is the State victimizing journalist-activists? 

BY sevanti ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |13/08/2008

For journalists who feel strongly about the issues they report, the line between journalism and activism is sometimes thin.


Bounds of activism 

BY sevanti ninan| IN OPINION |06/01/2008

What position should the media take when human rights and security interests collide



DGP dialogues with Naxals, through a newspaper


BY Nitin Mahajan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |02/01/2008 


Editor of 'Chhattisgarh', Sunil Kumar, the brain behind the series, said a dialogue between the two sides had to be initiated to end the violence.


Assam media changes its attitude to Ulfa

 IN REGIONAL MEDIA |03/09/2004

 After the Independence Day blasts which killed civilians, the press in Assam turns against the Ulfa.


Reporting In times of conflict

BY Dasu Krishnamoorty| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |09/03/2004

To keep the Gujarat pot boiling is to impede the healing process.


The Naxals and the Press

BY sevanti ninan| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |24/05/2002

Naxalites in Chattisgarh surface regularly to interact with the press.


Covering Communal Violence: Some Norms And Lapses


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