The Press Club of India strongly condemns the dastardly and outrageous armed attack on Gauri Lankesh, a senior journalist and activist in Bengaluru, which sniffed out her life. The fact that she was shot dead at her Rajarajeshwari Nagar at a busy hour on Tuesday evening only indicates how fragile law and order situation has become in Bengaluru and miscreants and criminals are having a free run in the Capital city of Karnataka.
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. Reports have pointed to the involvement of some men in her killing who shot her from close range at her residence. She was bringing out a Kannada weekly magazine “Lankesh Patrike”.
The Press Club of India demands that her attackers be identified and brought to book in a swift manner. Whatever differences she had with anyone, it was certainly not the way to attack an outspoken journalist who was defenceless and had nothing to offer by way of resistance. Such attacks on the freedom of press will not be tolerated. The PCI will hold a protest meet on Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. along with Press Association and Indian Women Press Corps (IWP)