United States condemns killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh

Posted September 07, 2017

Indrajit said all angles - be it Naxal or Hindu extremist - should be investigated in a thorough probe.

The Goa Union of Journalists (GUJ), an association of working journalists in the State, held a public meeting at Azad Maidan in the city, where journalists and civil society members paid tribute to the journalist. "It also said that Karnataka government's investigation was not reliable", Kumar said, citing the apex court order.

Chennai journalists gathered at the Press Club to condemn the murder. Previously, Narendra Dabholkar was shot down near his home in Pune's Shaniwar Peth in 2013 and Govind Pansare was similarly ambushed in 2015. No one has been convicted of the murder.

Social media was abuzz about the incident too.

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Her son and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi went a step further and accused the BJP of silencing dissent. She was appealing against the conviction. "Government of India, BJP or any of our organisations are not linked to this murder", Gadkari said. However, 2013 reported as many as 11 journalists murder, as three mediapersons (Sujit Bhattacharya, Ranjit Chowdhury and Balaram Ghosh from Tripura) from the North East fell victim to the perpetrators, added the JFA statement.

Human Rights Watch's South Asia director, Meenakshi Ganguly, called on politicians to "condemn violence over beliefs". A joint memorandum, submitted to the Karnataka Chief Minister, sought speedy investigation and noted that the murder had sent "shock waves across the journalist community for its brazenness".

The killing unleashed outrage across the country even as the Karnataka government quickly set up a Special Investigation Team to probe the crime. She also faced convictions in two defamation cases. "These killings are a threat to democracy and I appeal to everyone to unite and fight against radical and fascist Hindutva ideology which has paralyzed the entire country", said Pappu Dutta.