Journalists’ Forum Assam condemns murder of Bengaluru journalist

Guwahati, September 06: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) strongly condemned the murder of Bengaluru based editor-journalist Gauri Lankesh on 5 September, 2017 by unidentified assailants. One of the senior journalist and social activists of Karnataka, Gauri was shot dead at her residence in Rajarajeshwari Nagar Tuesday evening.

Gauri, 55, was critical against all kinds of communal forces in the country. She also faced convictions in two defamation cases. Elder daughter of a noted Kannada litterateur-journalist P Lankesh, Gauri used to receive threats from various extreme forces in the recent past, but she did not bow down. Karnataka Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah condemned her murder and assured proper actions to book the culprits at the earliest.

“Apart from non-physical attacks to silence media, as the year 2017 rolls on, India stands at an awkward position over the journo-murder index, as we have witnessed the murder of six professional journalists
in the last nine months. Hence, we reiterate our old demand for a special protection law for the scribes across the country,” said a statement issued by JFA President Rupam Barua and Secretary Nava Thakuria.

Prior to Gauri, a Haryana based television journalist, Surender Singh Rana, was shot dead on July 29. Rana,  35, was associated with the Jammu-based news channel JK 24×7 News. Other victims include Kamlesh Jain, 42, (killed on May 31 in Madhya Pradesh), Shyam Sharma, 40, (May 15 in MP), Brajesh Kumar Singh, 28, (3rd January in Bihar) and Hari Prakash, 31, (2nd January in Jharkhand).

India lost five journalists to assailants in 2015, which was preceded by two cases in 2014. However, 2013 reported as many as 11 journalists’ murders, as three northeastern media employees (Sujit
Bhattacharya, Ranjit Chowdhury and Balaram Ghosh from Tripura) fell victim to the perpetrators.

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