Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Senior Indian journalist assassinated in Kashmir

A senior journalist was killed after he and two police bodyguards were fired upon by armed assailants in Kashmir.

Indian authorities said Shujaat Bukhari was shot Thursday evening by unidentified men as he left his office in Srinagar, the disputed region's main city.

Bukhari, who is a group editor for two newspapers and a weekly, including the English-language daily Rising Kashmir, was targeted as he got into his vehicle.

Bukhari and the bodyguards were hospitalized with critical injuries, however, Bukhari later succumbed to his injuries.

Bukhari had been given police protection after a similar attack in 2000.

Journalists in Kashmir have been targeted in the past by both the Indian state and militant groups.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, but both claim it in its entirety. Rebels have been fighting Indian rule since 1989.

The Editors Guild of India has condemned the killing as a grave attack on press freedom.

‘The Editors Guild of India unequivocally condemns the assassination of Rising Kashmir Editor Shujaat Bukhari. This is a grave attack on press freedom and democratic voices. We will be issuing a more detailed statement soon,” the organisation said.


Indian Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh, said via Twitter that the killing was an act of cowardice.

"The killing of Rising Kashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari is an act of cowardice. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir. He was a courageous and fearless journalist. Extremely shocked & pained at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family," he said.

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