Bhopal journalists protest Gauri Lankesh's murder, pass resolution to condemn the killing
BHOPAL: Journalists in Bhopal held a protest meet to condemn the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru.
The photographers held their cameras down while observing silence.
A resolution was passed, condemning the murder and those present on the occasion paid tributes to her.
Speaking on the occasion, journalists expressed shock over the murder, and said that it was another in the series of murders of writers including Prof MM Kalburgi, Govind Pansare, Narendra Dabholkar.
"Gauri Lankesh wrote fearlessly against communal and fundamentalist forces. It is an attack on freedom of speech", said senior journalist Deepak Tiwari.
Journalists also said that it seemed there was a hidden agenda to silence certain people. "A high-level probe is needed to find out who are behind such murders", journalist Sarman Nagele said.
"It is extremely worrying that journalists, writers are under attack. Gauri Lankesh was a dissenting voice and had recently published Rana Ayub's Gujarat Files in Kannada", said journalist Raju Kumar.
Senior journalist Rakesh Dixit said that freedom of expression was under attack. He said that several people made obnoxious comments after Gauri's murder. He cited tweets of Nikhil Dadhich and journalist Jagriti Shukla.
Journalists who were present included Deepak Tiwari, KK Agnihotri, Vinay Dwivedi, Brajesh Rajput, Shariq Noor, Manoj Sharma, Abid Mumtaz, Sachin Jain, Shaini KS, Hemender Sharma, Shams Ur Rehman Alavi, Pawan Deolia, Anil Gulati, activist Akshay Hunka and many others. Friends for Free Media, a journalists' platform had organised the protest meet.