India: journalist killing spree continues
5 January 2017
The International Federation of Journalists has joined its affiliate the National Union of Journalists (India) in strongly condemning the killing of a journalist in Samastipur district of Bihar, India on January 3.
The IFJ demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of the assailants to ensure justice for Brajkishore Kumar Brajesh, who worked for a Hindi daily newspaper. He was shot dead by five or six assailants.
Ras Bihari, NUJ(I) president, noted that Brajesh is the third journalist killed in Bihar in nine months. The murder took place exactly 50 days after a Hindi newspaper reporter was gunned down at Sasaram in west Bihar. On May 13, 2016, a senior journalist of Hindi daily Hindustan, Rajdeo Ranjan, was also shot dead in the state.
The NUJ(I)'s statement said:
“He was murdered in broad day-light. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Brajesh's family, and implore the authorities to bring those responsible for the murder to justice. We also demand that the police and judiciary ensure that the culprits do not go unpunished.”
NUJ(I) secretary general Ratan Dixit said:
“Too many journalists in Bihar are being attacked with impunity. We demand an immediate investigation into the murder and justice for the family. We call upon all the concerned bodies to condemn this act. This brutal form of silencing must end.”
NUJ(I) and its affiliate Jharkhand Union of Journalists (JUJ) have also demanded an investigation in to the case of Dainik Jagran journalist Hari Prakash, who was found dead in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh district on December 30, 2016.