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Hundreds of journalists from all over the country today registered their protest by forming a long human chain outside Press Club Of India and finally silently marching to the office of the Indian Women Press corps at Windsor place addressed by the Secretary General of the PCI Vinay kumar and others.

The journalists hailing from various media organisations were protesting against the recent lynchings of journalists viz. Gauri Lankesh, Shantanu Bhowmick, KJ Singh and Prashant Mishra and several others who were murdered during their line of duty during the last several years with not a single killer, except a negligible few brought to justice.

Holding play cards condemning assault on freedom of press and writing and demanding immediate arrests of the killers of the journalists while covering news and views during the line of duty hundreds of scribes from Delhi and other states looked furious and angered over the increasing attack on media freedom and physical assaults on mediamen nationally.

The senior journalist and news anchor Rajdeep Sardesai while strongly condemning the obnoxious incidents of increasing physical assaults and murders of journalists said that time has come now that the entire journalistic fraternity of the country should stand united and emphatically and strongly oppose the blatent attack on media freedom.

Sardesai said whether they are the recent brutal killings of Gauri Lankesh and other journalists or smashing of OB vans and grievous injuring of journalists by the goons of DERA SACHA SAUDA or police atrocities in other parts of the country the journalists have these days become the easy targets of the unholy nexus of politicians, those at the helm, fanatic fundamentalists and the police.

This has to be outrightly stopped and culprits/ the perpetrators of violence on scribes should be curtailed at all costs. This protest on Gandhi Jayanti has been organised in ten states of the country on 2nd October that includes Delhi, Gujarat, Jaipur and the entire North East.

After the conclusion of the protest demonstration and the human chain march a decision has been taken that a memorandum will be submitted to the union home minister Rajnath Singh on 5th October jointly by the office bearers of all the press clubs of India with hundreds of signatures of journalists of Delhi and other parts of the country demanding enactment of a special legislation for the protection and adequate financial assistence to the families of the deceased journalists compounded with submission of the report of the action taken in the cases of journalists assaulted and killed all over the country during the last two decades. Meanwhile the PCI secretary general Vinay Kumar announced that the representatives from all the press clubs of India representing various states of the country and several media organisations active in Delhi will unitedly protest at PCI, Raisina Road, New Delhi on 5th of October and present a memorandum to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with various demands and suggestions for the protection and welfare of the families of deceased journalists.



The Press Club Of India today organised a joint meeting with various other media organisations and strongly condemned the brutal murder of the electronic media journalist Shantanu Bhowmik in Tripura two days ago and termed it as an attempt to stifle the voice of free speech and expression.
The well attended meeting by journalists, intellectuals and social activists in one voice expressed their severe criticism, concern and shock over such dastardly acts of violence and murders of scribes in various parts of the country and urged upon the governments to put stop on them by stringently punishing such criminals under the strictest sections of the law. Prominent amongst those who spoke on this occassion were senior journalist a prominent anchor Rajdeep Sardesai , President of the Press Club Gautam Lahari, Secretary General Vinay Kumar, president of Press Association Jai Shankar Gupt and president of women press corps Aditi Tandon.
While addressing the gathering Rajdeep Sardesai expressed his serious concern and shock over the repeated ocurences of such barbaric acts of violence against journalists first against Gauri Lankesh and lateron against 27 year old Shantanu Bhowmik and shockingly the ruling political establishments at the states and centre are still notable to bring the culprits to justice. He condemned such brutal acts of cold blooded murders of outspoken journalists and termed it as a forcible act of gaggling the voice of free press. Sardesai, PCI and Women Press Corps office bearers jointly demanded institution of CBI enquiry into both the cases and bringing the murdurers to justice.
A special appeal was made to both the chief ministers of Tripura Manik Sarkar and Sidharamaiah of Karnataka to expedite the efforts and trace the killers.It may be recalled that not a single killer of Pansare, Kalburgi, Gauri Lankesh and Bhowmick had been caught till yet.
Not only this but cases of several other ast murders of journalists and whistle blowers killed in their line of duties have not been solved and killers arrested till date though about 70 journalists have been killed in a decade and over 150 injured, grievously due to the complacense of the law enforcing authorities.