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https://rsf.org/en/predator/narendra-modi

PREDATORY METHOD: NATIONAL-POPULISM AND DISINFORMATION

After becoming Gujarat’s chief minister in 2001, he used this western state as a laboratory for the news and information control methods he deployed after being elected as India’s prime minister in 2014. His leading weapon is to flood the mainstream media with speeches and information tending to legitimise his national-populist ideology. To this end, he has developed close ties with billionaire businessmen who own vast media empires. This insidious strategy works in two ways. On the one hand, by visibly ingratiating himself with the owners of leading media outlets, their journalists know they risk dismissal if they criticise the government. On the other, prominent coverage of his extremely divisive and derogatory speeches, which often constitute disinformation, enables the media to achieve record audience levels. All that is left for Modi is to neutralise the media outlets and journalists that question his divisive methods. For this, he has a judicial arsenal with provisions that pose a major threat to press freedom. For example, journalists risk the possibility of life imprisonment under the extremely vague charge of sedition. To round off this arsenal, Modi can count on an army of online trolls known as “yodha” (the Hindi word for “warriors”), who wage appalling hate campaigns on social media against the journalists they don’t like, campaigns that almost routinely include calls for the journalists to be killed.

 

FAVOURITE TARGETS: “SICKULARS” AND “PRESSTITUTES”

Gauri Lankesh, a journalist gunned down outside her home in September 2017, is the best-known victim of Hindutva, the ideology that spawned the Hindu nationalist movement that worships Modi. As a rule, any journalists or media outlets that question the prime minister’s national-populist ideology are quickly branded as “sickular” – a portmanteau of “sick” and “secular” – and are targeted by “bakht,” Modi devotees who bring lawsuits against them, defame them in the mainstream media and coordinate online attacks against them. The attacks are even more virulent if the targets are women journalists, who are labelled as “presstitutes.” Rana Ayyub and Barkha Dutt, for example, were subjected to calls for them to be gang-raped and their personal data was posted online to facilitate attacks.

 

OFFICIAL DISCOURSE: MEDIA AGAINST JOURNALISM

 

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11 hours ago, NatuGadu said:

Trump thatha ledaa 

Trump thatha ki Fox news tappa evvaru support cheyaledu. 

At least he did not curb the news channels. 

Ayina oka incident lo Houston Police Chief open ga Trump ni vesukunnadu. 

"If you can't be constructive, then shut your mouth" ani. 

Antha freedom of expression India lo unda :thinking:

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25 minutes ago, dusukochadu said:

Trump thatha ki Fox news tappa evvaru support cheyaledu. 

At least he did not curb the news channels. 

Ayina oka incident lo Houston Police Chief open ga Trump ni vesukunnadu. 

"If you can't be constructive, then shut your mouth" ani. 

Antha freedom of expression India lo unda :thinking:

aa annodu akkadinundi intiki kuda podu. Poye lopu taagi bandi drive chesi accident lo potadu

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