The Threat to Indian Journalists
Answering a question in the state assembly, the Chhattisgarh government conceded that more than a dozen journalists have been jailed in 2017. On December 28, journalist Vinod Verma was granted bail in Raipur, the state capital, by a special court of the Central Bureau of Investigation. Accused of blackmailing a minister in the Chhattisgarh government, Verma was arrested two months ago. He was part of a group of editors that visited the state in March last year to report on the duress journalists face.