Journalists say attacks on the press during last week’s violence show the situation is deteriorating [File: Altaf Qadri/AP Photo]

Journalists in India say attacks on the media during last week’s deadly anti-Muslim violence in the capital, New Delhi, show deteriorating press freedom in the South Asian nation.

One reporter was shot and survived, another had his teeth knocked out, and many more said Hindus demanded proof of religion, and tried to keep them from documenting vandalism and violence that included people attacking one another with axes, swords, metal pipes and guns.

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Authorities have yet to provide an official account of what sparked the 72-hour clash that left 47 people dead and hundreds wounded, though tensions between Hindus and Muslims have been building

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