Gauri Lankesh murder: Reminder, India has slipped 3 ranks on press freedom

Out of the 180 countries on the list, India stands at the 136th position in 2017 after slipping down three positions from the previous year. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 6, 2017 12:26 pm
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The murder of 55-year-old independent journalist Gauri Lankesh at the hands of unidentified assailants outside her house in Bengaluru on Tuesday once again raises questions on freedom of press in our country. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists research, at least 27 journalists have been murdered in direct retaliation in India for their work since 1992. India also ranks 13th on CPJ’s latest Impunity Index, which is a measure of countries worldwide where journalists are killed and the murderers go free.

In May 2017, Reporters Without Borders also released an Index which ranks 180 countries according to the extent of press freedom for journalists. On that list, India stands at the 136th position, slipping three positions from the previous year. The report cites the rise of Hindu nationalism as a reason for the drop. “With Hindu nationalists trying to purge all manifestations of “anti-national” thought from the national debate, self-censorship is growing in the mainstream media,” the report states. Conflict-ridden Palestine state stands at the 135th position. Qatar, UAE, South Korea and Israel among the nations who have performed better than India on the list. Read | Journalist who spoke her mind shot dead in Bengaluru

In 2016, at least five journalists were murdered in targeted killings, according to an International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) report.

Karun Misra, Bureau Chief of Jan Sandesh Times, died on February 14, 2016

Mishra was shot by three motorcycle-borne men who stopped his car while he was on way to Ambedkar Nagar. He had died at the hospital during treatment.

Rajdeo Ranjan, Bureau Chief of Dainik Hindustan on May 13, 2016

Two bullets hit Ranjan— one on his forehead and the other, his neck. Ranjan was intercepted by two bike-borne assailants, one of whom fired from close range. He died on the way to hospital.

Indradev Yadav, Journalist with Taaza TV, on May 16, 2016

Yadav was returning home on his motorcycle around 10 pm, when unidentified assailants opened indiscriminate fire on him.

Kishore Dave, Jaihind-Sanjh Samachar on August 22, 2016

Dave was found with multiple stab wounds in his office. He was apparently alone in the office at that time.

Dharmendra Singh, Correspondent of Dainik Bhaskar on November 12, 2016

Kumar was drinking tea at a roadside stall at Amra Talaab when three people arrived on a bike and shot him twice on the chest from close range. He died on way to hospital.

In 2015, six media professionals had died in targeted killings.

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    Gopalkrishnan Nair
    Sep 6, 2017 at 8:13 pm
    Lplease read all the comments below. You will know what is happening in our country. In the name of religion and flimsy nationalism. Please catagorise them. It will be venting actual feelings of outrage. You can see those who is abusing those who not agree with those who have power. You can also see who are being paid to abuse from the convictions reflected. The real responsibility belongs to media itself. They have failed to stand up. They accepted that silence is the best option. A good number is already sold out. But no one is safe. Your number too will come sooner or later. Only option is to stand up for the rigt thing is to stand up and speak. Please do it now, time is running out.
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      nik
      Sep 6, 2017 at 6:37 pm
      In the last 3 years BJP and RSS has infiltrated media, police and judiciary. Any one who speak out against their extremism is imprisoned or killed.
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        nik
        Sep 6, 2017 at 6:26 pm
        After killing her BJP will now have the police frame an innocent citizen and close the case.
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          nik
          Sep 6, 2017 at 6:24 pm
          BJP and Sangh Parivar murdered her. She was a true hero of the nation and will always remain. India is under attack under BJP's dictatorship.
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            Jackal
            Sep 6, 2017 at 6:02 pm
            hey Indian derailed Express what about congress govt inability to prevent the crime... if she was on radar of so called people then what was your head CM doing ?? or is it whenever crime is committed in congress/left/SP/BSP/TMC ruled state just blame PM and if it is a BJP ruled state then blame the whole state machinery ?? hypocrisy at its best
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              Aadis
              Sep 6, 2017 at 6:14 pm
              Jackal, Majority of the crimes comes from Mighty Terrorist RSS. They beginned their career with Killing our Mahatma Gandhi, father of our nation.
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                SATISH
                Sep 6, 2017 at 6:35 pm
                Are there no crimes in kerala where communist goons are murdering RSS workers in daylight? Why blame RSS/BJP? who knows her own detractors would have eliminated her.
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              NLS
              Sep 6, 2017 at 6:01 pm
              Pathetic law and order situation in the country since independence (we do not have independent police they are not allowed to investigate and bring criminals to justice in free and fair manner by the political bosses courts are virtually dysfunctional with overload of cases backlog) is portrayed as lack of freedom of press. The two are separate matters though one affects the other in some form. Also, commentary is being made that this has something to do with RSS/BJP which were insignificant in terms of power until just few years ago whereas incidents like this have been happening all along. How the murder of this woman hobnobbing with Naxals is seen as lack of freedom of press only these biased, sickular agencies can explain.
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                Truth Hurts
                Sep 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm
                May her soul rest in peace. But You media people yourself are to be blamed. Journalism is dead in India. There is no NEUTRAL journalims. ALL ARE PAID Press utes of ALL political parties.
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                  Bala
                  Sep 6, 2017 at 5:41 pm
                  Press is very much against BJP govt and where is the question of press freedom being curtailed, this is the media shouting with lies. NDTV publsihes daily articles by Mani Shankar Iyer, Brind Karat, Asutosh, Obrien and various others hitting against Modi govt every other day, In Karnataka journalists are killed during Congress regime, if it had happened in BJP state, what would have happened. Rahul should be sued for lying. China where there is no press or any freedom may be ranked high. World media and others are bent on spoiling modi govt with the help of Indian media. Most of the Indian media - led by IE and NDTV, and Hindustan times to an extent are all anti Modi with numerous articles on issues like cow vigilantism, demonetization and others, the same thing they did when churches were attacked, they balmed BJP in reality it was local issues that was behind the attack, lies after lies are spread against BJP govt without any proof. Kejirival did and now paying penalty, Rahul
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                    CP
                    Sep 6, 2017 at 5:16 pm
                    Press freedom is being curbed by the BJP This is very noticeable in the last 3 years
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                      Basant
                      Sep 6, 2017 at 6:13 pm
                      So what is wrong bringing cow vigilantly., demonetization and others? So what you want press to do, tow BJP line? India is a Democratic country not Russia. Press has freedom to write what ever they want to write and if you do not want watch or read HT, NDTV or others then go and watch your favorite Z TV.
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