Can journalism and activism – usually seen in contradiction to each other – overlap without undermining the objectivity of the journalist?
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‘Desperate attempt’ to divert attention from Gauri Lankesh’s killing and tarnish murdered communist leader’s name, says daughter Megha Pansare.
“Gauri Lankesh has been a symbol of the struggle to practice journalism fearlessly and raise a voice for the underprivileged. Her loss to journalism and to society is irreparable.”
Each killing — whether of an RSS man or of someone of an opposite ideology — is condemnable and the condemnation should be unqualified.
Enforcing the laws in the case of illegal migrants should not be mistaken for lack of compassion, India’s envoy said.
Journalists disturbed by Gauri Lankesh’s killing must introspect on the nature and character of the news media today, and publicly and collectively condemn the rabble-rousers and instigators.
An official said that the information goes beyond the make of the weapon used for the murders.
Urmilesh discusses the murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh and the politics around it. Joining him in this episode are senior journalist Akshaya Mukul and investigative reporter Neha Dixit.
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Journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead in Bengaluru on September 5, wrote fiercely against divisive right-wing politics and the Hindutva agenda.
“We’re not being anti-establishment. We’re just reporting what’s happening, what has to be reported.”
Modi has been called out several times for following abusive Twitter handles, most recently after the murder of Gauri Lankesh, but he doesn’t seem to care.
Gauri Lankesh, and others like her, will not be left alone to keep on articulating their dissent. After all, it is the untamed individual voice that is found to be particularly irritating.
“I want those who lynched my husband to be punished, not for revenge, but to ensure that no one has to go through what my children and I have undergone.”
On and off social media, sections of the Right not only applauded her murder, but used various false and questionable claims to say it was “justified”.
Lankesh’s views have been relentlessly against what she considered a fascist project taking over Indian democracy. Her silenced voice has spoken so much and so many times, it is impossible for even walls not to hear her.
The South Asia Media Defenders Network has urged the Indian media and civil society groups to pursue a robust campaign to ensure that there is no let-up in the investigation.
The forces behind her assassins have a list – and want us to know they will pursue it.
The state police is now likely to order a forensic analysis of the bullet fragments and cartridges found at the scene in order to compare it with the material found after the killing of Pansare, Dabholkar and Kalburgi.
English is influential, but has limited reach; regional-language journalism can make a real impact which scares communal forces
“The silencing of a journalist in this manner has dangerous portents for democracy.”
Vinod Dua talks about journalist Gauri Lankesh’s murder in Bengaluru and the plight of the Rohingya refugees.
This is the first time in several years that the US embassy has reacted to an incident in which an individual has been targeted.
Journalist Ravish Kumar talks about the murder of Gauri Lankesh and the reactions it has got from the Hindu Right – including people Modi follows on Twitter.
In the past, violent groups were aberrations and perpetrators of riots were brought to justice. That is no longer the case – the present regime draws support from these very groups.
Pictures of Lankesh’s body are evocative in entirely different ways for those who believe in the liberal values they shared with her and those who characterise her as anti-national.
Journalists, activists, writers, thinkers and women organisations were seen among the crowds that gathered in the city and across the state condemning the killing of the journalist.
Our response should not be to desist from speaking one’s mind but the exact opposite – Gauri Lankesh would have done that and we owe it to her to continue the fine tradition.
There is a backstory to the heinous murder of a fearless journalist but the future script is in all our hands.
The fearful symmetry of conspiracy cannot intimidate spirited voices like hers..
A firebrand in the tradition of her father, she was vocal on secularism, the rights of Dalits, the downtrodden and women.
Legislators have no business to sit in judgement on journalists and it is high time they are stripped of their special privileges.
Because of leaders and texts being dispersed across the country, much of the original Lingayat teaching was lost for centuries, giving rise to various confusions.
Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh was recently found guilty of defaming two BJP members and believes that her publication was targeted because of her politics.
She was the editor of the weekly Gauri Lankesh Patrike – a magazine that has been described as an “anti-establishment” publication – and recently faced attack for her views on communalism.