At least 55 journalists faced arrest, physical assaults, alleged destruction of properties and threats for reporting on COVID-19 or exercising freedom of opinion and expression during India's lockdown from 25 March to 31 May 2020, The Rights and Risks Analysis Group (RRAG) said in its report.
"India has become the riskiest place for the journalists in the world. It did not take a long time for the State and political activists to allege the journalists from acting prejudicial to maintenance of harmony to prejudicial to prejudicial to the national integrity, sovereignty and security of India." Suhas Chakma, Director of the RRAG said.
The highest number of attacks in the media persons was reported from Uttar Pradesh (11 journalists), followed by Jammu & Kashmir (6 journalists) and Himachal Pradesh (5 journalists)