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Media Environment
Oman’s constitution guarantees freedom of expression, but with strong limitations. The 1984 Press and Publications law further outlines the restrictions on journalism and journalists in the country and explicitly prohibits defamation of the ruling family. It is common practice for journalists to self-censor to avoid threats, fines and arrest. Journalists and media outlets are required to obtain permits, which can be revoked for violating press laws. Foreign journalists must also obtain a license from the Publications and Publishing Department. Meanwhile, the Telecommunications Act of 2002 adds additional restrictions to online media.

India: Using Legal Action to Silence Journalists

While legal notices can result in civil or criminal defamation cases, journalists in India say companies are using them as part of a tactic known as Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, or SLAPP, in an effort to intimidate or censor them. Indian journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta spoke to Aayush Soni about the increasingly popular intimidation tactic.

GIJN and India’s CIJ Team Up for “Watchdog Reports”

GIJN has partnered with the Centre for Investigative Journalism, India to launch a new feature, Watchdog Reports. This daily feed on CIJ’s website curates items on investigative reporting from India and around the world, including news of the latest tools, techniques, fellowships, awards and more. India’s center, founded last year, is working with leading journalism schools and media “to train a new generation of Indian investigative journalists.”

Indian Centre for Investigative Journalism Launches in Delhi

Editor’s Note: For months, GIJN has been working with our colleagues in India in support of launching that country’s first nonprofit center for investigative journalism. Although there are more than 100 nonprofits worldwide working on investigative reporting, in fast-growing, dynamic India — with nearly 1.3 billion people — the country has lacked a center focused on in-depth investigations into corruption, lack of accountability, and abuse of power. That is no more. We’re proud to welcome the Centre for Investigative Journalism, India, and we anticipate great things from our colleagues there. Here we reprint the Centre’s founding statement.

India’s Media — Missing the Data Journalism Revolution?

How can media make sense of a country that has over 1.2 billion people (about 17 percent of the global population), close to 800 languages, an electorate of 814 million, and the largest urban agglomeration in the world? How does one plan for a country where, at the end of 2012, about 22 per cent of the population lived below the poverty line (with a daily spending of less than about US45 cents in rural India and US55 cents in urban India), but which also has 89 billionaires and features fifth in the Global Rich List?