Mamata Banerjee joins journalists to slam killing of Gauri Lankesh

Posted September 07, 2017

The press freedom group says 25 journalists have died in India since 2010.

Gauri Lankesh, 55, was found dead on the doorstep of her home in a pool of blood. In Ahmedabad, 200 people, including journalists, gathered at Gandhi Ashram in Sabarmati area in defence of freedom of expression, said Gujarat Media Club President Darshan Desai.

New Delhi:Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said "truth can not be silenced" and demanded that the culprits be tracked down and punished. It was part of "their" ideology, he said.

"Anybody who speaks against the ideology of the BJP-RSS is pressured, beaten, attacked and even killed".

Press Club of Bengaluru president Sadashiva Shenoy, who was closely associated with Gauri, said, "divisive forces can not muzzle the liberal voices by resorting to killing".

"I request the Prime Minister please not to follow these promoters of hate on Twitter". But the entire idea is to crush dissent", adding that "non-violence is the history of this nation... "Murder can not be justified".

When asked whether he was a member of the BJP, Indrajit said he was a director and a journalist and that he would never join the saffron party.

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Condemning the killing, the CPI-M called on the democratic forces to lodge a strong protest against what it said was "growing intolerance and hatred" in the country.

Officials at the Chief Minister's Office said that Siddaramaiah spoke to Gandhi over the phone.

The eminent Konkani writer, Damodar Mauzo, warns, "After Dabholkar, Pansare, and Kalburgi, they turned their guns towards this fearless woman who would not fall in line".

"All of them were vociferous in their opposition to superstition, obscurantism and the perpetuation of the communal agenda by the right-wing Hindutva forces", the statement said.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday lashed out at the online trolls over the killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, asserting that he strongly condemns and deplores the messages on social media. Most unfortunate. Very alarming. "We want justice (sic)", she had written. She later particiapted in a silent march against the killing.

Senior journalists BR Lenin, P Siva Kumar, Ch Sudhakar, Noora Srinivas, G Venkat and others also expressed shock at the killing of the journalist. "The Chief Minister has said that those responsible would be caught and punished".