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Front page of the Global Times newspaper (Representational Image) | Photographer: Simon Song | South China Morning Post via Getty Images | Bloomberg

US considers restricting stay of Chinese journalists in country to 90 days

In March, the US govt asked four Chinese state-run media outlets in the country to reduce their number of staff of 160 Chinese nationals to 100.

Journalist was going to send China info on current troop deployment at LAC, Delhi Police says

Rajeev Sharma had given China info on defence buys, Army movement, Dalai Lama since 2016, in exchange for luxury holidays. He earned over Rs 40 lakh in last 1.5 years.
Delhi Police personnel stand guard at Model Town police colony, identified as a Covid-19 hotspot, during the on 16 April 2020 | Kamal Kishore | PTI

Freelance journalist, arrested under Official Secrets Act, sent to 6 days police custody

Delhi Police Special Cell said freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma was found to be in possession of some defence-related classified documents.
File photo | Pakistan PM Imran Khan with Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa | Facebook/ImranKhanOfficial

Mocking Pakistan army can land you in jail for 2 yrs. What about Imran Khan’s old speeches?

A Pakistani journalist’s book was recently seized from shelves because it had a cartoon on its cover — of Imran Khan playing at Gen Bajwa’s feet.
File image of North Block in New Delhi, which houses the Ministry of Home Affairs | Photo: Bloomberg

Govt allows foreign journalists living in India to return, restores suspended ‘J’ visas

Foreign journalists had raised the issue on social media almost a week ago, and home ministry has now allowed J-1 and J-1X visa holders to return.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan

The cost of speaking truth to power in Imran Khan’s Naya Pakistan — you might not return home

Since 1992, 61 journalists, including the likes of The Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Pearl have been killed in Pakistan while performing their duties.
Tushar Mehta | Facebook

Shooting the messenger won’t help Modi govt’s Covid fight. Tushar Mehta should know that

It is now routine in strongmen democracies to shoot the messenger if you don't like the message, and the messenger inevitably is the journalist.
Representative image of journalists protesting

‘Govt has no tolerance for criticism, fears independent journalism’

The International Press Institute Friday said a democracy can only thrive if media pluralism is allowed to flourish.
The Hindu journalist Peerzada Ashiq | Twitter: @peerashiq

The Hindu journalist questioned by J&K police in 2nd FIR against media personnel in Kashmir

J&K police has now questioned senior journalist of The Hindu Peerzada Ashiq after charging independent photojournalist Masrat Zahra under the UAPA.    
Al Jazeera Newsroom ( Representational Image) | Commons

Once upon a time, the media also brought readers the lighter side of pandemics

Rather than reporting on the horrors, editors chose to search for human-interest angle, digging up cases that raised legal issues yet might be a fun read.

On Camera

Why radical Sunnis have taken to the streets against Shias in Pakistan

In episode 579 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta delves into the historical discord between Shias and Sunnis, and why the timing of the latest Sunni protests in Pakistan is odd.

Tata woos investors for digital platform as it seeks to compete with Jio, Amazon, Flipkart

Tata Sons is working with advisers to explore bringing in financial or strategic investors, including global tech companies, for its new digital entity.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.