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AMWJU joins nationwide protest against serial killing of journalists

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Imphal, Oct 2: When the nation celebrates non-violence day to mark the 148th Birth Anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi, journalists across the country today staged protest denouncing the serial killing of journalists in the country.
Journalists of the state under the aegis of the All Manipur Working Journalist Union also staged a protest demonstration at Keishampat. Members of the AMWJU hold banner condemning the serial killing of journalist across the country.
The Manipur base journalists, while expressing shock over the killing of journalist in the country, appealed safety & security measures for working journalists as early as possible.
The third case of journo-murder in September itself was reported from Punjab, as senior Journalist KJ Singh, 66, along with his old-age mother Gurcharan Kaur  found murdered in his residence at Mohali on Saturday (23 September 2017). Singh, who used to work for The Tribune, The Indian Express and The Times of India in Chandigarh, was found with his throat slit.
Punjab chief minister and veteran Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh had already ordered to form a special investigate team (SIT) to probe into the dual-murder. He also reiterated his commitment to maintain the law & order situation in Punjab accordingly.
KJ Singh becomes the eighth journalists murdered in India this year immediately after Shantanu Bhowmik, 29 (killed at Mandai of Tripura on 20 September) and Gauri Lankesh, 55 (shot dead at Bangalore of Karnataka on 5 September).
Prior to them, a Haryana based television journalist (Surender Singh Rana) was shot dead on July 29. The other victims include Kamlesh Jain of Madhya Pradesh (killed on  May 31), Shyam Sharma also of MP (15 May), Brajesh Kumar Singh of Bihar (January 3) and Hari Prakash of Jharkhand  ( January 2).
India lost six journalists to assailants in 2016, which was preceded by five cases in 2015. The populous country witnessed murders of only two scribes in 2014, but the year 2013 reported as many as 11 journalists’ murders, where three northeastern media employees also fall victims to the perpetrators.
The killings of Sujit Bhattacharya (proof reader), Ranjit Chowdhury (manager) and Balaram Ghosh (driver) inside the office premises of DainikGanadoot in Agartala broke as sensational news as Tripura had no recent record of journalist murders.  So Tripura repeated its shameful record on journo-murder after three years with Shantanu’s killing on duty hours.

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