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Farmers congregate at Tikri during the ongoing protest against the new farm laws, near New Delhi, India, 10 February 2021, Sanchit Khanna/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Authorities raided the office of Delhi-based news website “Newsclick” on allegations of money laundering. Searches were also done in the homes of staff members. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said the raids were meant to harass an independent media which has consistently covered the ongoing farmers’ protests in India.

A group of journalists protest against the arrest of their colleague freelance journalist Mandeep Punia, in front of police headquarters, at Jai Singh Marg, New Delhi, India, 31 January 2021, Mayank Makhija/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Several journalists are being harassed and investigated by authorities for their coverage of the ongoing farmers’ protest across India. Some journalists’ Twitter accounts were also briefly suspended.

According to IPI’s COVID-19 Press Freedom Tracker, nearly 200 violations linked to the pandemic were reported from the Asia-Pacific region, of which 107 were from four South Asian countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Nepal.