#Thread: To all the stooges telling journalists not to report the government induced carnage.

It takes courage to breath in the air of death, pandemic and despair every day to keep at it. Many young journalists today do it as their call of duty...
2. They do it even as many editors and owners of publications dither from calling a spade a spade. They do it as these editors spend more time worrying how to tone the news down and keep the masters happy
3. I know personally of two in our small group at @reporters_co who suffer from #COVID19 over last ten days and have kept at reporting, writing and plugging away.
4. @shreegireesh who suffered a blackout, got up exhausted from the infection he continued to write and put out the story on how the government had used planted and fabricated evidence to incarcerate 16 in the Bhima Koregaon case.
5. I know @Kum_Sambhav who is infected but we have to implore to rest and take a break from the reportage he just wont relent from to show another arena of malfeasance in governance.
6. Everyday in our networks we keep hearing from fraternal colleagues sharing/asking help to protect their loved ones even as they plod on to report, go out, put their own lives and health at risk.
7. You are seeing journalism rise to the need of the hour. Not led as much by the 'seniors' as by the young intrepid and unrelenting younger colleagues. Their mental health is often in tatters. They are physically exhausted at times.
8. We know why you are scared of them and want to find angular reasons to stop them from telling the truth. Because you notice: journalism in India might get stifled but it wont stop. Some may crawl but then many more with spine will stand up.

So, Shoo off.


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#Thread: Some good news.

(Please stay with me till the end.)

1. We are setting up a new Fellowship Program for Independent Journalists.

To create and establish it, I have joined as the Media Lead at the National Foundation for India @NFI_India.
2. The new Media Fellowship Program will respond to the current crisis in journalism, strengthens credible reportage and enable independent journalists.

I will be working with NFI's Executive Director, Biraj Patnaik @birajpat to co-create the Fellowship Program.
3. The initial concept of a new fellowship — one that responds dynamically to current needs of journalism in India — came from discussions within The Reporters' Collective @reporters_co.
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Hey friends. Have a short story to tell. About journalism. A dream. Some thoughts. And a plan.

Will you please stay with me till the end?

I urge you to.
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#Thread: Some Fresh revelations on #Lockdown Investigations:

Govt brings out @NITIAayog's Dr Paul in defence

Today he claimed disease is under control.

Read the truth here: article-14.com/post/no-action…

Releasing now:
1. From Paul & ICMR's presentations
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Most of these are women journalists (say, yeay!).

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A thread on Modi govt's #COVID Lockdown package:

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