Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has strongly condemned the
repeated murder of scribes in the country and urged the Union
government in New Delhi to formulate a strict policy to safeguard the
media persons. The scribe’s forum expressed shock that one more
journalist (Rajesh Mishra from Uttar Pradesh) was killed on Saturday
to erode India’s journo-murder index.
Media reports from Lucknow confirmed that journalist Mishra (40), who
used to work for Dainik Jagaran, was shot dead by three
motorcycle-borne gunmen at Kailash Nagar locality of Gazipur district
on 21 October 2017.
With the assassination of Mishra, who was inclined to Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh, India has lost nine journalists in ten months of
the year. The largest democracy in the globe witnessed three shocking
news of journo-murders in the last month, which ignited widespread
protests across the country.
The string of journo-killings began with Hari Prakash (killed on
January 2) and the trend continued with the murders of Brajesh Kumar
Singh (January 3), Shyam Sharma (May 15), Kamlesh Jain (May 31),
Surender Singh Rana ( July 29), Gauri Lankesh (September 5), Shantanu
Bhowmik (September 20) and KJ Singh (September 23).
India is ranked 136th among 180 countries in its RSF’s World Press
Freedom Index (2017), which is just ahead of its neighbors Pakistan
(139th), Sri Lanka (141) and Bangladesh (146). Norway topped the list
where India’s neighbors including Bhutan (84), Nepal (100), Maldives
(117), Afghanistan (120), Burma (131) etc are ahead of it. One party
ruled North Korea (180) is at the bottom of the list, where Vietnam
and China were placed at 175th and 176th positions respectively.
“India as a nation loses around five journalists to assailants
irrespective of any political party regime in New Delhi or other
provinces. Statistics reveal that we lost six journalists to
perpetrators in 2016, which was preceded by five cases in 2015. We
witnessed murders of two scribes in 2014, but the year 2013 reported
as many as 11 journalists' murders,” said a statement issued by the
पूरे प्रकरण को समझने के लिए इन्हें भी पढ़ें : संघ से जुड़े पत्रकार की हत्या से पसीने-पसीने हुए गाजीपुर के पुलिस कप्तान (देखें वीडियो) xxx साथी की हत्या से भड़के ग़ाज़ीपुर के पत्रकार सड़क पर उतरे (देखें वीडियो)