India has no data on attacks on journalists since 2014: Rajyavardhan Rathore

Rathore said this in Lok Sabha while replying to a question raised by Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Dec 24, 2018 8:23 AM

The government does not have data on the number of journalists attacked or murdered since 2014, Minister of State (independent charge) for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has reportedly informed the Lok Sabha.

Singh has said that the data is not available with the government as the National Crime Records Bureau does not compile data on the basis of professions. However, the government is in the process of collating this information, he reportedly said.

According to media reports, Singh said this in reply to a question raised by Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi.

Trivedi is also said to have asked if the government was aware of the fact that India is ranked 138 in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index published by international organisation Reports Without Borders. He further asked if the Press Council of India has carried out any study to find out the reason behind the poor state of press freedom in the country. 

Responding to the questions, Rathore said the government has come across media reports regarding the World Press Freedom Index, but added that the Press Council of India had raised concerns about the authenticity and credibility of the reports.

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