Foreign Media On Life, Work And Death Of Gauri Lankesh
NEW DELHI: The murder of a prominent journalist and government critic outside his home in Bangalore Wednesday sparked riots in major Indian cities and a national protest over the narrower area of freedom of expression in the world’s most populous democracy, Gauri Lankesh, 55, was gunned down on Tuesday by gunmen armed with motorcycles. Police said it was too early to decide on a possible motive for the killing. The activist received a state funeral in Bangalore, where his body was exposed in a showcase adorned with care. The activists gathered at the Press Club in New Delhi and in the cities of India that take signs indicating “#IamGauri” and “Who is next”? They shouted the slogan: “May Gauri Lankesh is still immortal.” The murder was condemned by organizations such as Amnesty International. The US Embassy in India said in a statement:
“India’s mission unites us to advocates for press freedom in India and around the world condemning the murder of respected journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bangalore. We offer our heartfelt condolences to relatives, friends and colleagues of Ms. Lankesh “. but the suspects identified, Lankesh’s death is largely attributed to his work as a journalist and activist. “They want us to be intimidated,” said Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, a former editor of the academic journal Economic and Political Weekly at the Press Club. “I hope a thousand Gauris Lankeshs are born and will arise among us.” Lankesh was a vocal critic of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and extreme right-wing Hindu nationalism associated with his party. His death recalls a series of recent killings targeting leftist academics and academics, activists said.
They compared Lankesh to Malleshappa Kalburgi and Narendra Dabholkar, who both noticed rationalist thinkers who were recently killed. Hitler Varadarajan, editor-in-chief of online news portal The Wire, said: “I do not think he was murdered for his work as a journalist.” He said that the police did not properly investigate the deaths of Kalburgi and Dabholkar and that failure has encouraged those who killed Lankesh According to the World Press Freedom Index, India took three points in 2017, ranked 136 more than 180 countries. according to the Committee for the Protection of Journalists, at least 27 journalists have been killed since 1992. Lankesh’s murder is the largest profile in recent years. edited a popular regional tabloid called Gauri Lankesh Patrike, known for his irreverence towards politicians and his coverage of the problems that have affected the most marginalized sectors of society.
“She was very respected and well-known,” said Ramesh Aroli, who teaches journalism at Kamala Nehru College, Delhi University and wrote a doctoral thesis on Lankesh Patrike. “People called their office to complain about corrupt politicians.” Lankesh Patrike was created by the father of Gauri, P. Lankesh, a poet and literary giant in Karnataka. When published for the first time in the 1980s, the publication significantly altered the regional media scene, mocking politicians and highlighting issues that are important to the rural and semi-urban populations of the state rather than to respond to the inhabitants of the city. Lankesh inherited the document in 2000, when his father died. But the differences with his brother led to a split and, in 2005, Lankesh began his own publication.
This week’s issue leads to a cover story by a former Karnataka Minister, BS Yeddyurappa, who had been arrested for a corruption scandal, with a headline stating “Once again, fear of imprisonment.” The recalcitrant stories of Lankesh have caused death threats and abuse on social networks and by telephone, friends said. In November 2016, she was convicted of defamation, a criminal charge in India, after exposing a story claiming that the leaders of the Hindu national Bharatiya Janata Party were involved in a scam to fool a local jeweler. “She was not as intellectual as her father herself,” said Umapathy, a journalist and friend of Lankesh, who knows only one name. “But she was a firefighter, much more than her father.”At the New Delhi Press Club, people paid tribute to the work of Lankesh on behalf of the people historically underrepresented in India: women, caste and the poor.