A panel discussion addresses rising violence against journalists and bloggers.

In the past five years there have been more than 200 attacks on journalists and bloggers across India, with the greatest number of cases in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. In the view of the Editors Guild of India, members of the BJP government and its extremist Hindu allies have ‘declared war’.

On 18 February 2019, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, hosted ‘India and the Media’, a panel discussion that explored the sources and impact of multiple pressures from state and non-state actors on India’s once-vibrant media.

Speakers included James Manor, former director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies; Salil Tripathi, journalist and chair, Writers in Prison, PEN International; and Nupur Basu, journalist and film producer/director. They discussed the implications of the government targeting of print, broadcast, and online outlets for the country’s forthcoming elections in spring 2019. The event was chaired by Rita Payne, emeritus chair, Commonwealth Journalists Association.

‘India and the Media’ is one of a number of events organised by the Institute that centre on challenges to media freedom across the Commonwealth. For more information, visit the Media Freedom in the Commonwealth website.

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, is the only postgraduate academic institution in the UK devoted to the study of the Commonwealth. Founded in 1949, its purpose is to promote interdisciplinary, inter-regional, and policy-orientated research on the Commonwealth and its member nations, primarily in the fields of history and politics. Its areas of specialism include British imperial history, the history of decolonisation, international development, human rights, north–south relations, and conflict and security. The institute also hosts the School of Advanced Study’s Human Rights Consortium and is home to interdisciplinary MA programmes in human rights and in refugee protection and forced migration as well as research degree programmes. For more information, visit the Institute of Commonwealth Studies