Author Archive for Nava Thakuria

Marching ahead with the spirit of Swatantra Bharat

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

by Nava Thakuria It was probably two decades back, when a group of journalists and Guwahati-based patriots marched on a street of Guwahati to celebrate the Independence Day. As a number of separatist armed militant outfits imposed a general strike on the day (that was the way the ethnic insurgents made them visible in the […]

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Bharat readies to welcome a tribal President

Saturday, June 25th, 2022

By Nava Thakuria If one believes in the simple mathematical calculation and minimum political honesty by public representatives  in the Indian Parliament and State legislative assemblies, the largest democracy on Earth is expecting a lady tribal President in New Delhi. As Draupadi Murmu, a simple Janjati family woman turned a teacher turned a politician, gets […]

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India: A suicide narrates mainstream media’s susceptibility

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

by Nava Thakuria The news broke from Chennai in south India as a senior photojournalist killed himself on 13 February 2022 in his office itself. Initially it was assumed T. Kumar’s suicide as a personal affair, but soon the harsh  reality surfaced. The victim did not receive full salaries for nearly five years and he […]

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Scribe beaten to death in India, three arrested, PEC demands stringent punishment

Sunday, February 13th, 2022

Nava Thakuria Geneva: Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the global media safety and rights body, demanded stringent punishments to perpetrators of the murder of a young scribe in central India’s State of Uttar Pradesh some days back. Condoling the demise of Sudhir Saini (30), the PEC also urges the UP government in Lucknow to adequately compensate […]

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Negating PSO culture among media persons in India

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022

by Nava Thakuria Guwahati: Should the journalist-editor-proprietors continue to have government sponsored personal security officers (PSO) even though they do not have visible threats to their lives ? Are PSOs slowly becoming status symbols for many celebrated media persons in India ? Should not  they withdraw the policemen at the earliest and hire private security […]

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Nearly 2000 journalists died of Covid-19 in 94 countries

Friday, January 7th, 2022

T Navajyoti No continent is spared by the pandemic. Of the 1940 journalists dead registered by the PEC since March 1, 2020, Latin America leads with half of the victims, or 955 deaths. Asia follows with 556 dead, ahead of Europe 263, then Africa 98 and North America 68. More than 50 casualties are still […]

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Afghanistan emerges most dangerous country for scribes: PEC

Sunday, December 26th, 2021

Nava Thakuria Geneva: As the year 2021 sets to finish its cycle, Afghanistan emerges as the most dangerous country for scribes with 12 journo-casualties, followed by Mexico (10 dead), Pakistan (7), India (6), etc. The south Asian nation also lost at least 10 media workers to the Covid-19 complications till date, said Press Emblem Campaign […]

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Losing goodwill: Assam media’s way

Sunday, December 26th, 2021

by Nava Thakuria Public reactions against a news item in any newspaper or news channel may be usual in India, but public outrages in digital platforms against the mainstream media outlets for not covering a particular issue is definitely an unusual phenomenon. Far-eastern Indian State of Assam witnessed such a public fury against some of […]

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Afghanistan followed by Mexico, Pakistan, India emerge dangerous for journalists in 2021

Thursday, December 9th, 2021

Nava Thakuria Geneva/Guwahati, 9 December 2021: Afghanistan and Mexico are the most dangerous countries for media work this year, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) said in its annual report in Geneva on Thursday in view of Human Rights Day. Since 1 January, 76 media workers have been killed in 28 countries around the world. Afghanistan […]

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IJU expresses concern over sedition charge against Silchar journalist

Sunday, December 5th, 2021

Nava Thakuria Hyderabad, 5 December 2021: Indian Journalists Union (IJU) expresses concern over the slapping of sedition charges against a journalist from Assam’s Barak valley and urges the authority to withdraw the case against Anirban Roy Choudhury. The Silchar-based editor of digital outlet BarakBulletin faces sedition charges over an editorial and the young scribe has […]

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International award to north-eastern journalist Nava Thakuria

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

Indian News Guwahati: The Geneva-based Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) rewards senior journalist Nava Thakuria, a resident of northeast India, for his relentless initiatives to safeguard the rights of media persons in the south Asian country and also defending the press freedom in the region with an exemplary commitment. The Assam-based working journalist has been awarded […]

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Two young Asian scribes killed; PEC condoles their demise

Sunday, November 14th, 2021

Nava Thakuria Geneva: Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the global media safety and rights body, condoles the sad demise of two young journalists in India and Afghanistan within 24 hours and urges the concerned authorities to probe the developments that led to their untimely deaths, and subsequently to book the perpetrators to justice. It may be […]

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Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) demands fair probe into murder of another Pakistani digital media user

Thursday, November 11th, 2021

Nava Thakuria Geneva: Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the global media safety and rights body, expresses serious concern over the relentless murder of scribes, citizen journalists and digital media users in Pakistan for exposing anomalies in the government, administration, and society through various media outlets and demands fair probes into all those assassinations. Local media outlets […]

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RSS condemns Islamist attacks on Hindu minorities in Bangladesh

Friday, October 29th, 2021

by Nava Thakuria The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)-led  Union government in New Delhi may be silent over the recent violence against the Hindu minorities in Bangladesh, but its ideologue Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has come out with a strong statement against the continuing brutality on the minority community in the neighboring country. The RSS that […]

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All Assam Engineer’s Association (AAEA) bats for long-term strategy to overcome power crisis

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021

Nava Thakuria Guwahati: Expressing concern over the probable electricity crisis due to the shortage of coal supply to various power plants in the coming days, a northeast India based graduate engineers’ forum advocates for a long-term strategy to overcome the crisis focusing on non-fossil fuel power projects. All Assam Engineer’s Association (AAEA) specially bats for […]

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Covid-19 continues to kill journalists, global casualties may reach 2,000 by end of 2021

Friday, October 8th, 2021

Nava Thakuria Geneva/Guwahati, 8 October 2021 : The number of journalists dying of Covid-19 are still growing globally, where at least 1830 scribes have succumbed to the novel corona virus infection in 83 countries since March 2020, revealed Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the Geneva-based global media safety and rights body. India after showing some improvements […]

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PPFA reiterates demand to revitalize Hinglaj temple in Baluchistan

Monday, September 27th, 2021

Nava Thakuria Guwahati: As Durga Puja (also known as  Durgotsav or Sharodotsav) is set to begin next month (11-15 October 2021), a northeast India-based forum of nationalist citizens reiterates its demand to revitalize the Hinglaj Mata Mandir, a Shakti Peeth located in Baluchistan, which has mythological connections with Kamrup Kamakhya legends. Patriotic People’s Front Assam […]

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‘Self-reform and financial transparency in media’s need of the hour’

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

India – Nava J. Thakuria Guwahati: Can the proprietors of mainstream newspapers and satellite news channels be compelled to make their annual balance sheets public in India? Or will it be possible to ask the professional journalists to go for self-declarations about their assets so that they can question the financial integrity of individuals in other […]

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‘Self-reform and financial transparency in media need of the hour’

Monday, September 6th, 2021

Nava J Thakuria Guwahati: Can the mainstream newspapers and satellite news channels be compelled to make their annual balance sheets public in India? Or will it be possible to ask the professional journalists to go for self-declarations about their assets so that they can question the financial integrity of individuals in other professions including in […]

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Mainstream media and journalists should display financial transparency: Journalists’ Forum Assam

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

Nava Thakuria Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), while appreciating the Union Information and Broadcasting ministry for its initiative to review the guidelines for scribe’s welfare schemes, urged the mainstream media houses and seasoned journalists to display transparencies in their own financial transactions to qualify themselves for such benefits. The forum of scribes also opined that […]

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Covid-19 continues to kill journalists globally, visible improvement recorded in India

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

T Navajyoti Geneva/Guwahati, 2 September 2021: The list of journalists dead from Covid-19 is still growing, where more than 1,754 media workers have succumbed to the novel corona virus in 80 countries during the last 18 months, said the global media safety and rights body Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) on Thursday in the picturesque Swiss […]

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Journalists’ Forum Assam expresses concern over Covid-19 infection to media persons

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

Nava Thakuria Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expresses concern over the infection to a large number of media persons while they went on reporting about novel corona virus outbreak across India. It terms the news of over 50 journalists turning Covid-19 positive in a single city as horrible and requests every scribe on the ground […]

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Newspapers’ struggle to survive the novel coronavirus

Friday, March 27th, 2020

by NJ Thakuria Guwahati: Newspapers in many parts of the world face an uphill task to maintain its readership index as Bharat (India) goes for a complete lockdown till 14 April 2020 because of pandemic COVID-19 outbreak. A shutdown that prevents the vendors to deliver newspapers at the doorsteps of buyers and the rumour that […]

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The Northeastern NE India remains safe for scribes

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

by NJ Thakuria As the year 2019 is approaching the finish line, India appears to improve its journo-murder index with only two casualties and the northeastern region (NE) with none this year. The world witnesses murders of nearly 50 scribes for journalistic works and India’s share has also gone lower considerably from six to two. […]

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ජනතාව විසින් සෘජුව තෝරන ජනාධිපති ක්‍රමය ඉවත් කිරීමෙන් පාර්ලිමේන්තු ඒකාධිපතිත්වය සහිත දූෂිත රාජ්‍යයක් ගොඩ නගන ආකාරය ….

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

නීතීඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන මෙම ලිපිය මගින් ජනතාව තෝරා ගන්නා ජනාධිපතිවරයකු ඉන්නා විට රටක ඒකීයත්වය සහ භෞමික අඛණ්ඩතාවය තහවුරු  වීම සහ බලය බෙදා හැරියද ස්වාධීන රටවල් බවට පත් වීමට යම් කොටසකට නොහැකි වීම. ලොව බලවත්ම රටවල් ලෙස සැළකෙන ඇමෙරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදය, ප්‍රංශය, රුසියාව වැනි රටවල් ජනතාව විසින් තෝරාපත් කර ගන්නා විධායක ජනාධිපති ක්‍රමය පිළිගෙන තිබීම. ආසියාවේ ඇති වියට්නාමය, දකුණු […]

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Sri Lankan filmmaker to attend GPC program

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

By NJ Thakuria Guwahati: Eminent Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage will attend the ‘Guest of the Month’ program of Guwahati Press Club on Tuesday (11 April 2017). The interactive session will start at 11 am and continue till 12.30 pm. Born at Panadura, an outskirt locality of Colombo in 1962, Vithanage emerged as an acclaimed […]

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JFA lauds higher court ruling over Janasadharan

Friday, March 24th, 2017

By NJ Thakuria Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expresses happiness and gratefulness over the recent Gauhati High Court directive to the management of Janasadharan, an Assamese daily newspaper  to clear all the unpaid wages of the employees till January and also make an endeavour to pay the current wages accordingly. The court also asked the […]

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PPFA welcomes Tibetan spiritual leader to Northeast

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

 By NJ Thakuria Guwahati: Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA) welcomes Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness The Dalai Lama to the city and expresses hope that his visit would strengthen the pre-historical bond between the people of Tibet and northeast India. The Nobel peace laureate, who is scheduled  to attend the concluding function of The Assam […]

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APFEJ urges New Delhi to be reverent  to BBC

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

By Our Correspondent Dhaka: Asia-Pacific Forum Environmental Journalists (APFEJ), in the backdrop of Indian government’s recent decision to ban a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) scribe on filming in its tiger reserves, has urged New Delhi to be reverent to the global media outlets respecting the democratic spirit of the country. The environment media forum also […]

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Assault on sitting judge in Assam, PPFA demands stern actions against anti-national culprits

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

By Our Correspondent Guwahati: Patriotic Peoples’ Front Assam (PPFA) expresses serious concern over the Goalpara incident, where a sitting judge was physically manhandled by some lawyers recently and demands stern actions against those unruly law practitioners to maintain the dignity of the Indian judicial entity. The  forum strongly  argues that the anti-national culprits, who targeted […]

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