CJA India

“India has over 10,000 daily newspapers and 70,000 journals published in 20 languages. There are some 800 TV channels, half of them news stations, many of which broadcast 24X7 in several languages.

“According to Robin Jeffrey, renowned Australian expert on media, the India media promises impressive growth for the next 15 years before reaching a plateau.

“The growth is however uneven. There are complaints of violence against journalists in Jammu and Kashmir and in the North-eastern region, both of which have witnessed long years of militancy. Media is targeted by both the government and the militants.

“Reporters Without Borders ranks  India 131st  in the 2012 press freedom index while Freedom House puts India in the “partly free” category in the Intranet freedom rankings. Both report increasing trend in India in web monitoring and censorship by authorities.”

– Mahendra Ved, Chair of CJA India (above – third from right)

About CJA India

With around 70 members across the country, CJA India includes eminent journalists such as Mr N. Ravi, Mr S. Nihal Singh, Mr Sumit Chakravarty, Mr Tarun Basu and Mr Hari jaisingh.

Vice President Naik is also General Secretary, Editors’ Guild of India and Convener of the Indian Association of Foreign Affairs Correspondents.

Chair Mahendra Ved opened a special course for Rwandan journalists at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and has been visiting senior faculty at various centres of IIMC.

CJA India reformed in 2008.

Contact email: cja.india@gmail.com

Executive Committee

Chair – Mahendra Ved, columnist The New Straits Times, and freelance writer, Delhi, mahendraved07@gmail.com

General Secretary: Jayanta Roy Chowdhury (Senior Editor-Business, The Telegraph, Kolkata, “Jayanta Roy Chowdhury”, jrchowdhury@yahoo.com

Vice Presidents: Vijay P. Naik, Sakal Group of Newspapers, viujay.p.naik@gmail.com

Amer Ali Khan, Editor, Siyasat Daily, Hyderabad, ameralikhan@msn.com

Treasurer: Harvir Singh, Senior Editor-Business & Economy, Amar Ujala Hindi newspaper chain, harvirpanwar@gmail.com