Media fraternity seeks speedy inquiry into Gauri Lankesh's killing

Media fraternity seeks speedy inquiry into Gauri Lankesh's killing

"We urge police in Karnataka to thoroughly investigate the murder of Gauri Lankesh, including whether journalism was a motive", said Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler. Gauri Lankesh lives on in our hearts.

Journalists and civil society members responded on Wednesday with grief and rage to the murder of Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru, and held protest demonstrations and vigils across the country demanding protections for free speech and a speedy investigation into the killing. He also said his government had an "open mind" to an investigation by CBI, which the slain journalist's family has demanded.

Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified assailants at her residence in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

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Union Minister H.N. Ananth Kumar said it was for the Congress government in Karnataka to "seriously" probe the case and nab the culprits.

No deadline has been fixed for the SIT, but they have been asked to take up the work immediately, said Siddaramaiah, who heads a Congress government. Gauri, aged 55, had returned home in her auto and was opening the gate when motorcycle-borne assailants fired at her indiscriminately with two bullets hitting her in the chest and one on her forehead, police officials said.

The press freedom group says 25 journalists have died in India since 2010.

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She had condemned the incident on the microblogging website on Tuesday also. "These killings are a threat to democracy and I appeal to everyone to unite and fight against radical and fascist Hindutva ideology which has paralyzed the entire country", said Pappu Dutta. In Ahmedabad, 200 people, including journalists, gathered at Gandhi Ashram in Sabarmati area in defence of freedom of expression, said Gujarat Media Club President Darshan Desai.

The AIPSN demands speedy action from the Government of Karnataka to bring to book the forces that have committed this heinous crime and which continue to disturb peace and communal harmony.

Past year she was found guilty of defaming a lawmaker from Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a 2008 article about alleged corruption. "The Chief Minister has said that those responsible would be caught and punished".

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