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The rule of law and the citizens’ right to protest are cornerstones of democracy. Eternal vigilance in protecting these freedoms and pointing out transgressions are the duty and responsibility of a free media.

In an ambitious writing project that took nearly a year to put together, Article 14 seeks to explain why India is where it is today on civil liberties and what may lie ahead. The article chronicles the systematic targeting of critics and the erosion of the rule of law through surveillance, application of stringent sedition laws and the use of “national interest” as a convenient prop.

Today is International Women’s Day. As part of its exclusive event to mark the occasion – ‘We The Women - Global Townhall’ - Mojo Story talks to Kavita Devi, Khabar Lahariya's co-founder, and Meera Devi, its bureau chief.

They narrate their story of building an all-women newsroom, covering the issues of the marginalised in India’s hinterlands from the ground, and and their struggles – threats from entrenched interests, trolling and even attempts to shut them down.

Russia and Ukraine are not just fiercely fighting each other on land, air and sea but also in cyberspace. The Foundation’s grantee MediaNama looks at this battle which is no less vicious even if less noted.

And, EastMojo reports from Dhubri in Assam on how terracotta, once a relatively lucrative craft, is on the brink of extinction under the pressures of the pandemic and the rise of plastic.

For more such stories from the grantees, please read on.


Sunil Rajshekhar

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The Security Playbook Used To Erode Democracy

Article 14, through the lens of the infamous Bhima Koregaon case, investigates how national security laws, sedition charges and surveillance are used to erode citizens’ rights; and reports how civil society is fighting to preserve the world’s largest democracy.

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Women on the margins leverage tech for fearless and impactful journalism

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Mojo Story talks to Khabar Lahariya on its journey as an independent, all-women, boots on the ground entity that covers the issues of the marginalised.

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Hermetic Wiper And Other Cyber Attacks: The Silent Battle Between Russia And Ukraine In The Digital Sphere

Russia and Ukraine are engaged in a ferocious military conflict, but what is less conspicuous is their equally fierce confrontation on the virtual battlefield. MediaNama analyses.

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Assam terracotta industry struggles to keep itself alive

EastMojo reports from Dhubri in Assam on how the terracotta industry in the region is on its last legs due to depleting demand.

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The Kerala cabinet has approved the project for converting the Conolly Canal in Kozhikode into a major waterway. TrueCopy Think reports on the fears of the residents on the banks of the canal who worry that their livelihoods and lands will be threatened.
The Incredible Story of Master Artisan Pabiben
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