What can we do?
Please refer to Charahgarh’s Terms of Engagement and Reference to know more about the type of cases we can and cannot support.
We can provide legal defense and aid to journalists and media outlets who are sued, whether under any civil, criminal or administrative law, as a result of or in connection with performing their journalistic duties in online spaces.
Considering the high number of recent cases against journalists, bloggers and media outlets specifically under Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016, we provide legal aid and support to journalists who are incriminated for their digital expression and/or journalism.
We provide legal defense to journalists and media who have been threatened, harassed, unlawfully detained, subjected to violence or whose rights have otherwise been violated as a result of or in connection with their journalistic work or expression in online spaces.
We also provide legal advice to journalists, bloggers, and media outlets in sub-judice matters, and otherwise as and when required, provided that it’s substantially linked to their ability to perform their professional duties independently and freely.
We can also support the initiation of strategic litigation aiming to advance [digital] media freedom[s] and free expression in online spaces.
Since the right to freedom of expression is not an absolute one, cases involving hate speech, defined as actual incitement to direct violence or hatred, will not be entertained.
Due to a limited pool of resources, priority will be given to cases that pertain to digital journalism and expression in online spaces.
Our limited resources dictate that we limit the focus of our interventions on cases that fall within our mandate. For this reason, cases linked to any employment, unlawful termination or labour rights issues, as important as they are, will not be catered under Charahgar, unless there is a demonstrated link to our mandate [i.e. termination for performing journalistic duties].