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US-based media watchdog seeks probe into killing of journalists

A US-based media watchdog today called for an investigation into the brutal killings of two journalists in Bihar and Jharkhand this week.

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: May 14, 2016 3:37 pm
Journalist Rajdeo Ranjan. (Source: Twitter/@ANI) Journalist Rajdeo Ranjan who was killed (Source: Twitter/@ANI)

A US-based media watchdog called for an investigation on Saturday, into the brutal killings of two journalists in Bihar and Jharkhand this week.

“While police investigations into the murders of journalists are welcome, investigations without arrests or tough prison sentences for the killers send the wrong message,” Committee to Protect Journalist’s Asia program senior research associate Sumit Galhotra said in a statement.

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Rajdeo Ranjan, Bihar’s Siwan district chief of Hindi daily “Hindustan”, was shot dead Friday evening when he was going on his motorcycle near a fruit market.

Ranjan, 45, died on the way to hospital.

His killing came less than 24 hours after Akhilesh Pratap Singh (35), a journalist of a news channel, was gunned down by unidentified men at Dewaria in Chatra district in Jharkhand.

“India’s abysmal record of prosecuting those who kill journalists is fostering an increasingly dangerous climate for the media,” Galhotra said.

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    Alab
    May 14, 2016 at 6:54 am
    The watchdog is correctly requesting for a detailed investigation. However only singling this is not cirrect. It has to look deep inside USA also. Have thay bothered about the plight of Kashmiri Hindus ? Have they questioned Bush for attacking Iraq ? Why dont they flay Bush II for telkung open lies about Iraq and losibg federal funds ?
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