Can journalism and activism – usually seen in contradiction to each other – overlap without undermining the objectivity of the journalist?
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Denying people a voice is violence, and it was this violence that the noted journalist stood against. And in return, she was given a violent death.
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.
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.