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Publication: Threadreaderapp.com
Date: May 4, 2022
URL:      https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1521835307142115329.html?s=03

#WorldPressFreedomIndex, governed by Reporters Without Border (RSF) ranked India 150/180.

Starts with the basics, who funds them?
Usual suspects- Soros, Ford, Omdiyar etc.

No, it doesn't stop here.

Read on.. because its very imp.

First of all, no-one care about these foreign paid-out indexing, but then many within our country use these reports to malign every aspect of country. That's why its important to burst their agenda with facts and logic.

RSF is a bunch of USA and Eupore-funded bunch of journo/editors/media etc who are "watchdog" of freedom of press.

However, RSF has always been under heavy criticism for its biased & agenda-driven methodology. e.g.
here it is Hungary accused RSF for "interfering".

India's Niti Ayog also criticised RSF's report last year and so Singapore PM rejected them as a "subjective measure through the prism of western liberals. And they shouldn't be?

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RSF uses the absolutely crazy method. So its hand-picked NGOs and selected media ppl by RSF only to participate in 123 qu survey!

And sample size? 150 journos & 18 NGOs 123 qu for each country. Obviously, its far away from ground realities. But that's the agenda.

As per RSF, "confrontation between “blocs” is growing in nationalist Narendra Modi’s India".

e.g. 15% (9 out of 61) of total world’s journalists are imprisoned in India only.

Ok, let's look into the profile and cases by case these "journalists"!

Here its list of 15 cases that RSF cited for poor "freedom of press".

6 cases are J&K "journos", all with serious charges of trr links, funding, supplying arms, objectionable material, inciting public, disaffection to own country, waging war, all cases by NIA

3 cases are UP exam board paper leaks. Can you believe this? What's the connection with their "journalism" here?

2 cases are urban Naxal Elgar Parishad & Bhima Koregaon rioting case (UAPA).

1 case for inciting violence, links with PFI.


Now 4 cases are from Chattisgarh-
2/4 for writing against INC MLA
1/4 for writing satire against INC state govt
1/4 extortion racket

At least 3/4 case here actually look at an attack on freedom of the press by the INC govt in Chattisgarh.

Dont scroll down without reading
details in pics in tweets #7 & 8, be an honest reader :P else you are likely to miss the fun.

As a dessert, here it is another report by The Street with funds breakup and bogus methodology!


Personal opinion-

Now, this analysis done to expose the RSF "credibility", no-where I intend to defend the journalism in India. Indexing by not any third party but the reader/viewers themselves. How would you rate the "freedom of press" in India?

If the "freedom" rating be bad - it should be for the intended harassment of one editor-in-chief by the "best" state govt or for a female journo who had to leave a "west" state for covering fascist govt and the list is long.

If the "freedom" rating be good - it should be for allowing ranting 24x7 biased news, mindless debates, crazy titles, intruding in personal lives, misleading thumbnails, fake news, agenda-driven narratives & all without any consequences!

How much freedom do you want then?

And then why shouldn't you support the war against disinformation war by 'The Hawk Eye' because mainstream won't bring this up 😎

So, support the efforts & be an eye of Hawk-Eye: 🧐




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Appalled to see tv debates on this topic!

In this country public funded fact checkers are laughing stock, yet runs propaganda.

Field reporter rides JCB, enters UNSC guest room w/out knocking.

Newspaper are party ads.

Forget indexing, what is expected from “press freedom”?

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Author: Alka Dhupkar
Publication: The Times of India
Date: May 2, 2022
URL:      https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/loudspeaker-lessons-for-india-from-a-maharashtra-village/articleshow/91259002.cms

The villagers of Barad have passed a resolution to stop the use of loudspeakers

Barad shows that strong-arm tactics are not needed to curb noise pollution; a simple matter of sitting across a table and discussing can do wonders

Barad is a biggish village in Nanded district of Maharashtra with a population of around 15,000. It is roughly 20km from Nanded city. Over time, the village has prospered and places of worship, among other buildings, have been renovated.

The village has 15 religious places — 12 Hindu temples and a place of worship each for Buddhist, Jain and Muslim communities. In some neighbourhoods, these religious places are in close proximity. No problem there.

It was only when these places started using loudspeakers to broadcast sermons, aartis and bhajans that the problem started. It became a veritable Tower of Babel — all noise and confusion.

“Since five in the morning, we used to play songs. In some places, one couldn’t hear the other’s songs or for that matter what was played in our temple,” says Suresh Deshmukh, a trustee of the local Hanuman temple.

For days on end, farmer Sharad Kawle’s 80-year-old grandmother couldn’t get a peaceful night’s sleep because of the rampant use of loudspeakers in the village.

But all this is in the past now. In charged times like these, Barad stands out as a model of communal harmony. Back in 2018, the villagers unanimously decided to remove loudspeakers from all religious places.

So, what happened in 2018?

According to deputy sarpanch Balasaheb Shankarao Deshmukh, sometime in December 2017, a Ganesh temple was using loudspeakers to broadcast maha aarti and a Buddha vihar nearby was playing religious songs. This went on till late at night.

“Groups from both sides started raising voices against each other, asking that the volume be lowered. Harmony in the village was completely disturbed,” he says. “Somehow we managed to cool tempers, but the tension simmered.”

But this wasn’t the only incident. A local school kept complaining about noise pollution to the Shiva temple trust and others in their area. The students couldn’t concentrate on studies because there was a kind of competition in using loudspeakers till late night and early mornings among all the religions.

The villagers were fed up. Some of them met after the tension escalated between Buddha and Ganpati followers. During a meeting with the local police, they discussed the proposal of removing all loudspeakers.

Thereafter, the villagers held a meeting with all the religious groups separately. Everybody accepted that the use of loudspeakers was a cause for concern and social discord. The religious trusts said if it was mandatory for all religious groups then they would also stop using loudspeakers.

After the consultations, a special gram sabha was called and a unanimous resolution was passed.

The villagers agreed to use sound boxes instead of loudspeakers. The only caveat: the volume of the sound box should be maintained at a pre-mandated level so the sound does not go beyond the walls of the holy place.

The gram panchayat has already installed around 40 small sound boxes for local announcements such as deaths, vaccination or other government programmes.

After the noise, peace

Yogesh Ratnparakhi, who runs Om Sai Coaching Classes in Barad, says, “In my centre, there are around 100 students and I can’t tell you how happy we all are that the loudspeakers have finally stopped. Earlier, students would use unending noise as an excuse not to study. Now, they properly focus on studies.”

Kiran Mahajan, a trustee of Chandra Prabhu Digambar Jain temple, says, “Ours is a private temple that is open to the public. We too had installed a loudspeaker because others installed it too. But after the removal of loudspeakers, we didn’t lose any devotees. Loudspeakers actually don’t matter.”

Sharad Kawle, the farmer, says, “Many of us in this village are followers of the Varkari bhakti movement. I believe that your religious activity should not disturb others. Keep it personal, so we all supported this proposal.”

His views are echoed by Sardar Sattar Khan Pathan of Jama Masjid in Barad. “We respect festivals of all communities. The kind of communal harmony we have maintained would not have been possible with loudspeakers at each religious place in the village.”

According to Vasant Lalme, a trustee of the Shiva temple, loudspeakers are not essential for singing bhajans or kirtans. “Devotion is a very personal feeling. It can be attained without loudspeakers. We have proved it.”

Model village

Deputy sarpanch Deshmukh, however, is disappointed that his village has not been given due recognition for the innovative solution to the menace of unchecked loudspeakers. The village doesn’t encourage the use of loudspeakers even for political rallies, weddings or other celebrations.

In other ways, too, Barad can be touted as a model village. It has received state awards for cleanliness and drinking water distribution management, open defecation-free status, success of ‘tanta mukti’ yojana (a scheme to clear local disputes at the village level) and other achievements.

The village has 20 CCTV cameras, which have helped curb theft, sexual harassment and other crimes. The village has developed a proper watershed system; a dormitory near a rural hospital is a unique feature of the village. It has also built a hostel for girl students, it has a zilla parishad school, multiple anganwadis, among other facilities.

As the noise over the use of loudspeakers at religious places grows louder and various state governments are using strong-arm tactics, perhaps it is Barad’s use of consultation that stands out more than its other achievements.