As many as 54 attacks on journalists were reported in 16 months, mainly by "lawmakers and law enforcers", a report compiled by media watchdog Hoot said on Tuesday, a day ahead of the World Press Freedom Day.
The report said the actual figure could be much higher as a minister told Parliament that "142 attacks on journalists took place between 2014-15".
"The stories behind each of these attacks reveal a clear and persistent pattern. Investigative reporting is becoming increasingly dangerous.
"Journalists who venture out into the field to investigate any story, be it sand mining, stone quarrying, illegal construction, police brutality, medical negligence, eviction drive, election campaigns, or civic administration corruption are under attack," it said.
The assaults were submitted by political gatherings and their pioneers (8), police (9), and swarms opposing media scope (9).
Aside from assaults, the report considered conjuring of subversion law, suspension of Internet administrations in a locale, self-control on some portion of media organizations, controlling of movies and different expressions, among different occasions which may disappoint free working of the media.
The shutdown of the printing presses of two Kashmir daily papers after the killing of activist Burhan Wani, and the restriction on Kashmir Reader for three months amid a similar period were refered to in the report as examples of media control.
Other such cases incorporated a one-day restriction on NDTV news channel for its scope of the Pathankot assault last January, which "... expected to have uncovered key data about the operation".
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry, notwithstanding, put the restriction on hold after the channel moved toward the Supreme Court.
The subversion law was additionally utilized unsparingly and "became famous online", as the report said.
"A substantial number of cases were documented - 18 amongst January and June a year ago. Before the year's over, the figure was 40," it said.
The media guard dog refered to cases of killings of Right to Information (RTI) activists, and arrangement of "administrators" as Chief Information Commissioners rather than "people of greatness in broad daylight life", as the concerned Act says.
"Right now, 91.6 percent of Chief Information Commissioners in states are resigned administrators, as are 93 percent of Central Information Commissioners," the report said.
Jammu and Kashmir endured the longest and bans on Internet benefits the most - 13 times in 16 months, with Haryana coming next with Internet suspension nine times in the same number of months.
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