Journalist organisations up in arms against Gauri Lankesh’s killing

Gauri, known for her left-leaning outlook and forthright views on Hindutva politics, was shot dead by unidentified assailants at her residence in Bengaluru last night. A candlelight vigil will be held at the press club here this evening, its secretary Dharmendra Jore said.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published:September 6, 2017 12:05 pm
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Various media organisations led by the Mumbai Press Club and Bombay Union of Journalists on Tuesday condemned the killing of Kannda journo Gauri Lankesh and sought a speedy probe in the case. Gauri, known for her left-leaning outlook and forthright views on Hindutva politics, was shot dead by unidentified assailants at her residence in Bengaluru last night. A candlelight vigil will be held at the press club here this evening, its secretary Dharmendra Jore said.

“To protest and condemn the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, there will be a candlelight vigil of journalists starting from the Mumbai Press Club at 7 pm today,” he said. Apart from the Mumbai Press Club, TV Journalists Association, Photographers Association and Network of Women in Media will join the protests, Jore said.

Some social activists have also organised a protest meeting in suburban Bandra this evening to condemn the killing. Gauri, 55, had returned home in her car and was opening the gate when motorcycle-borne assailants fired at her indiscriminately, with two bullets hitting her in the chest and one on her forehead, police officials said. She died instantaneously.

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    Kamal Pasha
    Sep 6, 2017 at 1:22 pm
    The best solution for the peace of thecountry is to get rid of Feku's govetnment.
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      S B
      Sep 6, 2017 at 1:19 pm
      Please don't don't politicise an criminal act... Of murder .... A person is murdered... The culprit should be brought to law... And why this murder takes place only in karnatake... Sidu and Raga are to be blamed ... Will Raga will ask for clarification from his own govt...
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        Srinivasaraghavan
        Sep 6, 2017 at 1:08 pm
        There are too many assassinations of the so-called rationalists, seculars and left leaning intellectuals. I had never heard of Gauri Lankesh. She was the editor of a Kannada newspaper and very few must have even heard of it. It would seem that her writings were extremely offensive, otherwise, she would not have been convicted in a defamation case. It seems from the above report that Gauri Lankesh was a strident, unrestrained critic of a particular faith. There have been saints who spoke against Hindu beliefs.They spoke against caste discrimination, untouchability, animal sacrifice and women's rights. Yet, thousands flocked to hear them. No one raised a hand against them. In fact, they were called saints. The lesson is that those who want to reform Hinduism, no other faith except that, should tone down the stridency of their expression and show some understanding of the whys and wherefores and also show respect for the faith that is followed by the majority of Indians.
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          H.Balakrishnan
          Sep 6, 2017 at 12:36 pm
          the media itself is to blame for the murder. If only, since Independence, all views were given due space, as opposed to' only LEFT - LIBERALISM' pontification, am sure India will not be witnessing violence. At least now, for India's sake, GET OUT OF THE NEHRUVIAN SECULAR MOULD. PLEASE.
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