Stop Punishment of Journalists for Telling the Truth About Coronavirus

Target: Ram Nath Kovind, President of India

Goal: Stop India from penalizing journalists who report accurately on the coronavirus.

India is currently attacking, harassing, and penalizing journalists for providing accurate information about the coronavirus. They are summoned before the police and forced to explain themselves, treated like common criminals for their attempts to educate the public during a time of crisis.

This is not just unacceptable, but it is also extremely dangerous. India is punishing people for trying to spread facts, for trying to improve a difficult situation for the public. Journalists who try to shed some light on the coronavirus and clear up misconceptions are accused of “spreading false information” by a government that does not want to admit to their own failings in handling the virus. A government that more than likely wants to keep the public ignorant and in the dark so that their news media can continue to make money off of panic.

We cannot let the continued spread of false information be rewarded while the truth is punished. Sign this petition to demand India’s government stop harassing and arresting journalists who provide facts.


Dear President Kovind,

Your country’s treatment of truth-spreading journalists is dangerous and cruel. These people are working hard to spread the facts about the coronavirus, but they are being treated like criminals as they expose the failures of India to properly handle the crisis.

This is not acceptable. India is one of far too many countries punishing journalists for telling the truth; these people have been harassed, attacked, arrested, and jailed for daring to publish facts about the virus and attempting to break through the wall of ignorance foisted upon the public. Even as we slowly begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, the virus remains a threat, and we need facts, not fear. You must stop punishing journalists for their efforts to change the situation for the better.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Mary F Harrington says:

    Well if they anything like the “journalist” in America…all they do is lie!

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