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Reporters Without Orders


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Young Reporters talk about major stories of the week and what it took to cover them.
Hosted by: Cherry Agarwal
77 Episodes
This week on Reporters Without Orders, Cherry Agarwal sits down with Newslaundry Hindi correspondent Basant Kumar, desk writer Gaurav Sarkar, and Khalid Shah, an associate fellow at Observer Research Foundation.The discussion kicks off with Khalid expressing concerns over the clampdown in Kashmir and how that has affected the people living there. The panel discusses how the media covered the state after the big decision. Khalid says, "There are problems that are very unique to Kashmir and although people may have found a way to work around them, the normalisation of curfew in the media is itself problematic." Khalid adds, "The only leverage Pakistan really has is Afghanistan. They could derail the Afghan peace talks and arm-twist America to do something."he group discusses why Ladakh is happy about being made into a union territory but Kashmir isn't. The conversation wraps up with Gaurav talking about his experience while covering the Unnao case and the panel questioning the judiciary on the verdict in the Khan case.For this and more, listen up!
This week on Reporters Without Orders, host Cherry Agarwal sits down with Newslaundry correspondent Ayush Tiwari while Newslaundry's Gaurav Sarkar, and AltNews’ Jignesh Patel and Pooja Chaudhari join in from The Media Rumble 2019. The discussion kicks off with the panel talking about Ayush’s “hidden podcast skills” and Cherry’s under-recognition of the same. They talk about the abrogation of Article 370 and how it's been a historic week, even in the sense of how many times the word “historic” has been used in the news.The panel also discusses the Ranbir Penal Code, communication blockage in Jammu & Kashmir, and the latest developments in NRC in Assam. Cherry points out how the news reports on Sushma Swaraj’s death and the passage of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill were eclipsed by the Article 370 issue.The panel moves on to discuss fake news and misformation, and what goes into spreading and stopping it. Pooja explores how educational intervention is essential in curbing the spread of fake news.For this and more, listen up!
This week on Reporters Without Orders, Cherry Agarwal sits down with Newslaundry correspondent Ayush Tiwari, Desk Writer Gaurav Sarkar, and News Editor (Jammu & Kashmir and the Northeast) of Ipsita Chakravarty.The discussion kicks off with the panel talking about a petition in the Bombay High Court that sought a ban on the phrase "Alibaug se aaya hai kya". They also talk about the National Register of Citizens (NRC), and why it is contentious. Speaking of the media's coverage, Gaurav says, “Legacy media or the mainstream media didn’t seem to give the issue that much importance but independent media like The Wire, The Quint, did a really good job.” Ipsita adds: “The only way one can really gaze what is going on is through reporting, by going to Assam, speaking to as many people as possible.”The panel discusses the Right To Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019. Gaurav says, “It’s a move to clamp down on what the government wants you to know and what they particularly do not want you to know.”For this and more, listen up!
In this episode of Reporters Without Orders, Cherry Agarwal is joined by independent journalist Kunal Purohit, who tracks right-wing politics, hate crimes, development and gender issues. Others on the panel include Desk Writer Gaurav Sarkar and Newslaundry Hindi correspondent Basant Kumar who discuss media's coverage of Assam floods and Mumbai rains.The panel also discusses the political crisis in Karnataka, for which they are joined by Anusha Ravi, a journalist with the New Indian Express, over the phone. Weighing in on the media's coverage, she says, "Over this entire political news, real issues are being locked somewhere."The panel also discusses the spate of resignations by Congress leaders and Kunal says, "In order to stay relevant, the Congress was not doing enough to justify its space as the opposition."For this and more, listen up!
This week on Reporters Without Orders, Cherry Agarwal sits down with Gaurav Sarkar, Ayush Tiwari and Business Standard journalist Somesh Jha.The discussion kicks off with Ayush talking about his ground reports from Jharkhand. On a larger question of diversity in reporting and follow-ups, Somesh says, “The first thing that any media organisation does is that they try to cut its cost through shutting down the regional bureaux and that has an impact on the reportage that goes in these areas.”The panel also discussed the highs and lows of the Budget 2019. Cherry asks the panel their opinion on government’s plan to recapitalise public sector banks to which Somesh says, “We cannot say that recapitalisation is not required at all but what is also required along with the recapitalisation is a larger set of reforms.”The panel also discusses the government's proposal to levy an additional surcharge on the super-rich. Gaurav says, “Taxing the super-rich will eventually be a good move because I think it will lead to a level playing field.”From crabs' role in a dam breach in Maharashtra to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 86-claps during the Budget speech to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's curb on journalists' entry into the North Block, everything is discussed. For this and more, listen in!
In this episode of Reporters without Orders, host Cherry Agarwal sits down with Newslaundry Correspondent Ayush Tiwari and Desk Writer Gaurav Sarkar to talk about the protests against clean chit to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, courtroom drama during the deposition of former Union Minister MJ Akbar, Rahul Gandhi’s public meeting in Delhi, Election Commission's social media team in Bhopal and more.Gaurav was covering the protest against the clean chit to Gogoi, while Ayush attended Congress president Rahul Gandhi's public meeting in New Delhi.Gaurav talks about how courtroom proceedings (in the MJ Akbar defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani) turned into a boxing ring. He also talks about enthusiastic support from the audience in the gallery for Ramani.Ayush speaks of his experience of attending a Rahul Gandhi election meeting. Cherry and Ayush talk about the atmosphere of the meeting, the loyalty of supporters and how ideology plays a driving force for the supporters of both parties. Ayush talks about his report from Bhopal on how the election commission's social media cell in Bhopal is keeping an eye on online campaigning of political parties in the state.For all this and more, listen in.
This week on Reporters Without Orders, Cherry Agarwal sits down with Newslaundry Hindi reporter Basant Kumar and Newslaundry Desk writer Gaurav Sarkar.The podcast kicks off with the panel discussing the heavy rains that lashed Mumbai. Speaking about the government's response, Gaurav said, "I don't think there is a lot that they can do because Mumbai has reached its saturation point." But do Cherry and Basant agree?Meanwhile, Basant points out that the water crisis in Maharashtra has received limited reportage.The panel also discusses the Chandni Chowk incident. Commending Delhi Police, Basant says, "We should praise the police for keeping the situation as calm as it is."The discussion moves on to the alleged firing of one of Canada's top cartoonists, Michael de Adder. The cartoonist's contract was terminated by a publishing company in New Brunswick after a cartoon he did on US President Donald Trump went viral on social media.The panel also talks about actor Zaira Wasim’s Bollywood exit. Was it religious indoctrination or an individual's choice. For this and more, listen up!
This week, on Reporters Without Orders, Cherry Agarwal is joined by Newslaundry correspondent Ayush Tiwari, desk writer Gaurav Sarkar and Newscentral 24x7's Abhinav Prakash.The podcast kicks off with Abhinav talking about the rising death toll in Bihar's Muzaffarpur due to encephalitis. He says that the death toll is now above 100 and the Opposition has not been questioning the government regarding this due to the elections. “People are coming in every hour and no parent is hopeful that their child will survive once they come in,'' says Abhinav. The panel also discusses the media's coverage of encephalitis-related deaths in Gorakhpur last year.The panel also discusses the doctors' strike in West Bengal. Gaurav and Ayush talk about West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's response to the strike, the pan-India nature of the protest and how it impacted services throughout the country.Moving on to a bit of international news, Ayush talks about the death of an Indian girl in a desert near the United States-Mexico border. He also talks about the crisis in Sudan and what gave rise to the conflict in the first place. Ayush explains the recent developments and the power dynamics between Russia, China, and the US. Gaurav talks about fake Instagram pages that have exploited the crisis to gain followers.The panel also talks about cricket and the India-Pakistan World Cup match. They discuss how the reaction of Pakistani fans was much more measured after losing the match. Gaurav also discusses the post-match hungama and Shoaib Akhtar’s reaction on YouTube bashing the Pakistan cricket team.For all this and a lot more, tune in now!
This week, on Reporters Without Orders, Cherry Agarwal sits down with Newslaundry correspondent Ayush Tiwari and Tarun Cherukuri of Indus Action to talk about the draft National Education Policy, Aligarh murder case, Akshaya Patra controversy and more.The episode kicks off with Ayush talking about his experience in Aligarh, a district where a two-and-a-half-year-old was murdered. Ayush talks about the issue's portrayal on social media and how the presence of a “vicious” mob was giving communal undertones to the whole issue. Ayush also weighs in on whether it is right to badger a grieving family into giving a media bite, and talks about how the media's coverage of the case spiked after the initial days. Moving on, the panel talks about the media's coverage of the education sector. Tarun says it is the media's responsibility to inform the society in a “discerning and tactful manner”. He also talks about the need to regulate information in the “post-truth and post-news era”.Tarun also talks about the draft National Education Policy (NEP). He talks about how the report is “ambitious”, but expresses his reservations about it being “translatable"—both administratively and financially. Ayush asks him about the improvements that is needed in the education system. Tarun talks about how the efficacy of a policy is “lost in translation” between “an aspirational policy and the National Curriculum Framework”. Similarly, speaking about the draft NEP, he says, while it looks great on paper, it remains to be seen how the ministries are able to integrate the plan. He appreciates the fact that the draft NEP talks about developing “core aspects” such as “social and emotional wellbeing” rather than being ambitious with the curriculum. The panel also discusses how the three-language issue was unwarranted.Next, the panel discusses the “arbitrary arrests” of social media comments. Ayush speaks about “thought policing” that is emanating from the top brass of the government, while Tarun talks about the responsibility of law enforcers. He adds that a law is as good as the people who can wield it.For all this and a lot more, tune in now!
In this episode of Reporters Without Orders, host Cherry Agarwal is joined by the usual gang, Newslaundry's Ayush Tiwari and Gaurav Sarkar. Before getting down to business, Cherry decides to make the guys play a quick game of rapid fire where they must quickly respond with the first thing that comes to mind when certain words are thrown at them. Gaurav and Ayush react to a volley of interesting words including Modi, blockchain, dogs, Lays, Himachal and more.Getting back to the podcast, Cherry asks what news pieces they spotted which were under-reported or over-reported. Gaurav points out the news of Ajit Doval being reappointed as the National Security Adviser for five years with a cabinet position. While he thinks it’s an important piece, it “didn’t deserve to eat up the Monday news cycle”. He thinks the report on the ostentatious expenditure made by parties during the elections was under-reported.Ayush thinks that the news of the Congress expelling Kerala politician AP Abdullakutty for praising Modi was under-reported. He remarks that this news “shows a trend of how bitter things are”. He also thinks there's too much coverage of individual incidents in the ongoing tiff between BJP supporters and Mamata Banerjee. The panel agrees that the level of political debate needs to improve.Ayush brings up the Congress's decision to not send spokespersons to news debates for a month. He discusses the possible motivations behind this “temporary non-engagement”. While the Congress seems to be fielding the narrative that they feel victimised by the media, there is speculation that this is a “cover story” and that the party is actually in a “maze of confusion” and will return when they can “reconfigure their views” on issues. Gaurav disagrees with the Congress's decision, saying, "You cannot back out of a game just because you lost.” Ayush agrees. Cherry asks the pair whether they would attend a debate if they knew it was rigged. Ayush replies: “As an individual, I wouldn’t. But as a party that claims to be the oldest in the subcontinent, I would.”The panel moves on to discussing the ongoing cricket world cup. They discuss the episode on corruption in cricket on the Patriot Act by Hasan Minhaj and Minhaj's assertions. At the end of a long discussion, Gaurav, seemingly exasperated, opposes the “political scrutiny” that threatens to ruin the sport for the listeners. Ayush retorts: “Sleepwalk your romance off a cliff.”This and a lot more. Tune in!
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