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The Double Siege: News Media in the Time of Covid-19

The country-wide lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic and attendant issues has led to major violations of civil liberties and human rights in India. While some restrictions on rights may have been necessitated by the nature of the pandemic, we believe that a large number of violations were entirely excessive, arbitrary and totally avoidable. The impact of this curtailment of rights and of civil liberties has been felt across all sectors including the economy, education, health, media, prisons, employment, migrant workers, women, domestic workers, sex workers, prisoners and their access to justice etc.

Five months after, it has become palpably clear that the lockdown has also been used by the Government to push through undemocratic means laws and policies which are against the people.

The Double Siege: News Media in the Time of COVID-19 is the second in the Lockdown and Civil Liberties series organised by PUCL Maharashtra, focusing on the state of the news media in India and the curb on information.


Please click here to join the discussion:

Meeting ID: 852 1125 7776
Passcode: pucl-media

The discussion will also be screened live at the PUCL page on Facebook:





Friday, September 4th 2020


5:30pm - 7:00pm


Sevanti Ninan - Media Commentator and Founder-Editor, The Hoot
Geeta Seshu - Journalist and Co-Editor, Free Speech Collective
Moderated by Rajni Bakshi, Columnist and Author



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