The Hindustan Times – 18 journalists killed in India in 5 years between 2012-2016: UNESCO

The UNESCO report said after a steep decline prior to 2014, the killings sharply rose across Asia and the Pacific region, with a total of 107 killings, and a high of 27 in 2016.

New Delhi – India, 03 May 2018.The number of journalists killed all over the world has seen a sharp rise in five years, with 530 such deaths, 18 of them in India, being reported from 2012 to 2016-end, a UNESCO report released on Thursday said.

The report on ‘World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development Global Report 2017/2018’ said the number of killings was 67.72 per cent higher than the 316 recorded during the previous five-year period—from 2007 to 2011-end.

Syria, with 86, recorded the highest number of killings, followed by Iraq (46) , Mexico (37) , Somalia (36), Pakistan (30), Brazil (29), the Philippines and Yemen (21 each), Afghanistan (20), Honduras (19), India (18), Libya (17) and Guatemala (14).

Ten journalists were killed in Bangladesh, 10 in Ukraine, eight in France and six each in Paraguay and Turkey.

“The year 2012 proved to be the deadliest year on record, with 124 journalists killed,” said the report, released on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, which is marked today.

Although the number of journalists killed every year has seen a slight decline since 2012, the figures are still alarmingly high, the report said.

“With a number of Member States that have experienced periods of violent conflict, the Arab region remains the most dangerous for journalists, with 191 journalists killed between 2012 and 2016, including a significant peak of 50 deaths in 2012,” it said.

Despite registering a decline in the following years, the overall the region represents 36 per cent of all cases.

Latin America and the Caribbean saw an increase in the number of journalists killed during the period, with 125 killings overall and a peak of 28 in 2016.

“This trend can be largely attributed to organised crime, drug trafficking and corruption,” the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization report said.

After a steep decline prior to 2014, the killings sharply rose across Asia and the Pacific region, with a total of 107 killings, and a high of 27 in 2016.

Comparatively, Africa, with 73 deaths, has seen a distinct decline in the killings of journalists over the last five years, down from 26 in 2012 to seven in 2016.

“Killings throughout Central and Eastern Europe have fluctuated over the past five years, presenting no clear trend but remaining relatively low,” the report said. As many as 17 journalist were killed in the region.

A generally low-risk region for lethal violence against journalists, Western Europe and North America (17 killings) have seen uncharacteristically high killings in the past three years largely due to violent extremism, it added.

Of the total 530 killings in 2012-2016, as many as 166 were TV journalists, 142 print, 118 radio, 75 online and 29 cross-platform. – Evacuee Trust begins efforts to release control of Rawalpindi’s Gurdwara Singh Sabha from police’s possession

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Rawalpindi – Panjab – Pakistan, 01 May 2018. The Evacuee Trust Property Board of Pakistan has issued a written order to the Police Department of Western Punjab (Pakistan) to release Gurdwara Singh Sabha of Rawalpindi from the possession of its Special Police Branch.

The Gurdwara Singh Sabha along with school & library was constructed by Rai Bahadur Sujan Singh before the partition of India in 1947.

Sharing the development with media, ETPB’s assistant manager Mohammad Asif informed that the building of Gurdwara Sahib was given on lease to the Special Police branch.

He added that the Special Police Branch had promised in written to the ETPB in 1992 that it will vacate the building of Gurdwara Sahib but it is still in possession of the Police.

“As per lease agreement, four kanals land of Gurdwara Sahib’s was given on lease to the Police but it has been illegally using the other eight kanals of land for parking,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani Sikhs have sought reconstruction of Gurdwara Singh Sabha as there is no Gurdwara Sahib for the Sikhs residing in the vicinity Rawalpindi.

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The Times of India – Sikhs For Justice threatens Punjab jails minister Randhawa

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Amritsar – Panjab – India, 03 May 2018. The US-based rights body, Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), has threatened Punjab jails minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa over his strong opposition to its brainchild ‘Referendum 2020’ aimed at an independent Sikh state of Khalistan.

Attorney at law of the S F J Gurpatwant Singh Pannun tweeted on Wednesday, “Respond to Punjab jail minister — will you come to Canada or should we handle you in India.”

“The people who were pitching for Khalistan from their cosy confines were playing with the sentiments of gullible Sikhs in India and they had zilch knowledge of the reality in Punjab,” Randhawa told TOI, when asked for his response to Pannun’s tweet.

He said why Canada, he was ready to go anywhere in the world to accept the challenge of Khalistan. “The demand is not coming from Indian Sikhs but from the Sikhs living abroad,” said Randhawa, while advising the separatists to make Khalistan in the country they were presently living in.

He further said Pannun had reacted to his strong opposition of ‘Referendum 2020’.

“The SFJ has threatened an elected representative of India and I will take up the issue with chief minister Amarinder Singh, urging him to further raise the issue with the Centre to convey the threat to one of his minister to the USA government through a diplomatic channel,” said Randhawa.

While questioning Pannun’s Sikh credentials, he said he was a ‘patit’ (apostate) Sikh and was fanning separatist forces.

This is probably the first strong statement by Khalistani elements settled in the US and Canada after the alleged cold treatment to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by the Indian government during his recent visit to India.

It not only isolated the Sikh hardliners but also cautioned the Canadian government against its support to such fringe elements who had nothing to lose living outside India but had the potential to cause massive damage.

The Hindu – Collegium defers decision on governments objection to Justice K M Joseph’s elevation to SC

If it had reiterated its recommendation of him, the decision would have been binding on the government.

Krishnadas Rajagopal & Sandeep Phukan

New Delhi – India, 03 May 2018. The five-judge collegium led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Wednesday deferred its decision on the government’s objections to the elevation of Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court K M Joseph to the Supreme Court.

The collegium, which met briefly in the evening, parted on an inconclusive note. It has not recorded a date for its next meeting. However, one may be scheduled next week for discussing in detail “all issues” on the agenda.

Ravi Shankar clarifies

Later in the evening, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government’s objection to Justice Joseph had nothing to do with the judgment he authored in 2016 quashing President’s rule in Uttarakhand and restoring the Congress government in the State.

“I wish to deny with all authority at my command. It has nothing to do with that at all. A proper government with 3/4th majority has been elected in Uttarakhand. Second that order (of Justice Joseph) was confirmed by Justice J S Khehar of the Supreme Court who had also set aside the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act.

Yet he became the CJI in the NDA government. Therefore, I deny these insinuations,” Mr. Prasad said at a press briefing.

The collegium’s agenda on Wednesday was “to reconsider the case of Mr Justice K M Joseph, Chief Justice, Uttarakhand High Court, pursuant to letters dated 26th & 30th April, 2018, received from Ministry of Law & Justice” and to “consider the names of judges from Calcutta, Rajasthan, and Telangana & Andhra Pradesh High Courts for elevation as judges of the Supreme Court, in view of the concept of fair representation.”

The collegium has not zeroed in on any High Court judges whose parents are the three.

The next meeting would also consider whether Justice Joseph’s name, after reiteration, should be first sent back separately or in a batch along with the other recommendations from the three High Courts under consideration.

The source said judges of the Supreme Court have taken strong exception to the government “circulating” to the media its confidential letter on Justice Joseph and breaching protocol.

If the collegium reiterates its recommendation of Justice Joseph, it would be binding on the government.

The collegium, also comprising Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, had unanimously recommended Justice Joseph in a resolution on January 11.

The government had recently cleared Indu Malhotra’s name while returning Justice Joseph’s file to the Collegium for re-consideration, though both names were sent together, as a batch. Justice Malhotra is already functioning as a Supreme Court judge.

The government’s request to re-consider Justice Joseph came after a delay of three months.

In its communication, the government had argued that Justice Joseph was “at serial number 42” in the All India High Court Judges’ seniority list. It had reasoned that 11 Chief Justices across various high courts were senior to Justice Joseph and his parent Kerala High Court was already “adequately represented” in the Supreme Court and high court chief justiceships.

“Taking into considerations points mentioned above, the proposed appointment of Shri Justice K M Joseph as a Judge of the Supreme Court at this stage doesn’t appear to be appropriate.

It would also not be fair and justified to other more senior, suitable and deserving Chief Justices and sub Puisne Judges of various High Courts. This proposal for the reconsideration of Shri Justice K M Joseph has the approval of the Hon’ble President and Hon’ble Prime Minister,” the government said in a letter to Chief Justice I Misra.

Mr Prasad cited several Supreme Court judgements to argue that the government was well within its power to send back any name to the Collegium.

“One thing I would like to observe is the commitment of this government for the independence of the judiciary and respect for the institution of judiciary and the judges is complete and uncompromising,” Mr. Prasad said.