Paradise Papers: Biggest data leak reveals trails of India’s corporates in global secret tax havens

Among the 180 countries represented in the data, India ranks 19th in terms of the number of names. In all, there are 714 Indians in the tally. The year-long probe led by ICIJ is based on a cache of 13.4 million leaked files from 19 secrecy jurisdictions and two offshore providers, Appleby and Asiaciti. The documents were obtained by German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and shared with more than 380 journalists in more than 65 countries. 

Source: Indian Express

No black money data available post demonetisation, says RBI to RTI query

An RTI query has revealed that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has processed 9,711.62 million demonetised notes of Rs 500 and 4,709.72 million of Rs 1,000 notes. The central bank also said that it doesn’t have any data on counterfeit notes, according to Times of India report. Source: Financial Express 

65 RTI activists murdered since 2005 in India

More than 65 RTI activists were killed and close to 400 harassed or intimidated in different part of the country since 2005. It has been twelve years since India joined other countries in providing its citizens right to information, with the National Right to Information Act coming into force in 2005. The Act enables citizens to access information from various public authorities including legislature, judiciary and executive, and that applies to state, local and central governments. There have been increasing number of attacks on activists who tried to use the transparency law in order to expose the corrupt. Source: YourStory 

A Look At Recent Responses To Investigative Journalism In India

On 8 October, the news website The Wire published a report on the financial growth of Temple Enterprise Private Limited, a company owned by Jay Shah, the son of the national president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Amit Shah. The report stated that, according to its filings with the registrar of companies, the turnover of Jay’s company “increased 16,000 times over in the year following the election of Narendra Modi as prime minister and the elevation of his father to the post of party president.”  The Caravan reports this is not the first case in which a lawsuit was filed against a journalist or a publication for doing investigative journalism in the country. Source: The Caravan

Journalist Gauri Lankesh murder: India ranks 136 out of 180 countries in press freedom

The murder of senior journalist and editor Gauri Lankesh in her home in Bengaluru has brought the focus back on the perilous conditions journalists in India work in. India was ranked a lowly 136 among 180 countries in the latest world press freedom rankings released in April with the dismal performance blamed on “Modi’s nationalism” and growing “self-censorship” in the mainstream media. India slipped three places as compared to the year before. India was ranked just three places above Pakistan and was one notch below violence-torn Palestine. India’s neighbours Bhutan and Nepal were placed at 84th and 100th rank, respectively.​ Via Hindustan Times

Pre-natal sex determination: Delhi has second highest number of non-registered clinics in India

According to the Union Ministry of Health, of the 294 cases that have been filed for non-registration of diagnostic clinics by the enforcement agencies till March 2017, 22 per cent were from Delhi. While Maharashtra saw 74 cases, 41 were registered from Haryana and 31 from Bihar. The submission was made by Union Minister of Health J P Nadda Friday in the Lok Sabha. Source: The Indian Express 

33% of child brides in the world are Indian: report

ActionAid India report says India contributes 33% (85.2 million) of the total number of child brides in the world with nearly 103 million Indians married before they were 18. Source: Live Mint

Naga papers: lots of comment, little reporting

Local coverage of Nagaland’s anti-women’s reservation agitation lacked in investigation and ground interviews.  The continuous and substantial coverage of the issue in  Nagaland-based newspapers –The Morung Express (Morung) and Nagaland Page (Page) rested on the three legs of front page news, opinion pieces/editorials, and the front page cartoons. Source: Hoot

No, Radio Isn't Dead -- In Fact, AIR revenue up at Rs455 crore

India’s state-owned broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) recorded a revenue of Rs455 crore in the year ended 31 March, surpassing its annual target of Rs450 crore. The broadcaster earned about Rs45 crore in advertising revenue from its FM channels in 2016-17, up from Rs43 crore last year. AIR currently operates a total of 420 radio stations across India and it also extends operations to over 108 countries. AIR, which started as the Indian State Broadcasting Service, will complete 81 years of operations in June. Source: Live Mint

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India Improves On Transparency Corruption Index

India has marginally improved its ranking in the graft watchdog Transparency International's corruption perception index for 2016, a list topped by New Zealand and Denmark which are jointly ranked as the world's least corrupt nations. India's score has improved by two points as in 2015 the country had scored 38. Source ​: NDTV

Investigative Journalism Manual, KAS

Investigative journalism can be time-consuming, expensive and risky. And often, investigative journalists need to convince their editors that it is worth undertaking when day-to-day events can produce a perfectly satisfactory newspaper. So why is investigative journalism worthwhile, and what are the primary objections to it? Click here to read the Investigative Journalism Manual.

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