India: journalist Subhash Kumar Mahto killed
NUJ condemns murder of second journalist killed in India this year.
The National Union of Journalists has joined the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in urging authorities in India to expedite an investigation into the murder of Mahto on 20 May.
It is believed the journalist known for his reporting on local gangs may have been targeted by gunmen as a result of his work. Saurabh Kumar, a local journalist and general secretary of Begusarai District Journalists Association stated that in addition to Mahto's reporting, his support for a political party candidate member may have led to the targeted attack.
Although a police investigation is reportedly making progress in identifying those responsible, Mahto's death demonstrates the urgent need for the safety and protection of journalists in India. The second killing of a journalist in the country this year, action must be taken to allow for media freedom without threat of retaliation or harm.
Anthony Bellanger, IFJ general secretary, said:
“The IFJ strongly condemns the coldblooded murder of journalist Subhash Kumar Mahto and urges the Indian authorities to immediately investigate the crime and bring justice to the perpetrators. India must not allow impunity for crimes against journalists to continue.”