Just lovely: India moves further away from freedom of the press; dozens of journalists arrested

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The Guardian has the story.

Facing a continuing upward trajectory in Covid-19 cases, the Indian government is clamping down on media coverage critical of its handling of the pandemic.

More than 50 Indian journalists have been arrested or had police complaints registered against them, or been physically assaulted.

The majority of those facing action are independent journalists working in rural India, home to more than 60% of the 1.35 billion population.

This is a familiar script: Screw up as a leader and then attack journalists who report on your families actions. Make no mistake, India’s leader has no tolerance for dissent.

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