JFA condemns UP scribe’s murder
Posted on October 7th, 2015

By Our Correspondent

Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has condemned the killing of one more scribe in Uttar Pradesh and reiterated its demand for a national action plan for justice to those slain journalists. The murder of Hemant Yadav last week increased the tally of slaughtered media persons to four this year in India.

Yadav, a middle aged journalist who worked for Hindi news channel TV 24, was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne miscreants on the night of 3 October 2015. The incident took place at Dheena area of Chandauli district, where Yadav faced the brutal attack. Although he was taken to a nearby hospital, Yadav succumbed to his injuries. Yadav has left behind his wife and two children.

The last incident of killing of a journalist was reported from Maharashtra, when a Thane based journalist Raghavendra Dube was killed by some miscreants. Dube, who edited a local news weekly was beaten and stabbed to death on July 17. Dube’s killing took place after he had covered a police raid on a night bar. Earlier this year, two journalists, Jagendra Singh from UP and Sandeep Kothari from Madhya Pradesh were also killed in separate incidents by miscreants.

Condemnation also came from International Federation of Journalists

(IFJ) which has  demanded immediate action to bring those responsible into custody. The he IFJ general secretary Beth Costa  asserted that despite being the world’s largest democracy, the freedom of the press currently does not guarantee journalist safety.

The JFA, while demanding visible actions by the Akhilesh Yadav government at Lucknow, expressed dismay that the present scenario, where the murderers of media persons often escape accountabilities, would only encourage the perpetrators to continue their killing spree against the courageous journalists of the country.

We reiterate our demand for a national action plan to safeguard the scribes who pursue critical journalism,” said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria adding that the robust Indian media fraternity must rise on the occasion to compel the authority to punish every single murderer of journalists under the rule of law.

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