Press Club calls attack outrageous over Journalist Gauri Lankesh’s murder

Lankesh, a well-known critic of right-wing forces, was murdered at her Bengaluru residence. The PCI, the Press Association and Indian Women Press Corps will hold a protest meet at 3 pm today in Delhi.

Protests have been planned across India after senior journalist Gauri Lankesh was murdered in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Lankesh was the editor of Lankesh Patrike, a weekly Kannada tabloid magazine. A well-known critic of right-wing forces, she was convicted last year in a defamation case filed by BJP MP Pralhad Joshi.

The Press Club of India (PCI), the Press Association and Indian Women Press Corps condemned what they called a “dastardly and outrageous armed attack.”

“A fearless and independent journalist who gave voice to many causes and always stood up for justice has been shot dead in a most brutal manner in order to silence her voice,” the three organisations said in a joint statement.

The PCI, the Press Association and Indian Women Press Corps will hold a protest meet at 3 pm today in Delhi.

They won’t be alone. The Kerala Union of Journalists will protest at Jantar Mantar at 12 pm. Protests have also been planned in Mumbai (6 pm, Amphitheater, Carter Road in Bandra), Chennai (11 am, near the Press Club), Hyderabad (4 pm, Sunderayya Vignana Kendram), Bengaluru (8:45 am, Naik Bhavan), and Mandya (10 am, Silver Jubilee Park).

 

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