Journalists protest Shujaat Bukhari’s killing in various cities


Various journalists across India held protests against the killing of Shujaat Bukhari, the founder and editor of Rising Kashmir newspaper, who was shot dead outside his office on last Thursday.

Bukhari was leaving his office in Press Enclave in the city centre Lal Chowk for an Iftar party when he was shot multiple times, officials said. He was given police protection since an attack on him in 2000. In the attack, two of his Personal Security Guards were also killed.

Many senior journalists and civil society members attended the gathering at Press Club of India in Delhi. “Kashmir and Indian media lost a fearless voice,” tweeted Som Patidar, producer at ABC News.

At the protest, Siddharth Varadarajan, founding editor of The Wire said, “Long before Shujaat Bukhari assassinated, he was vilified on social media on both sides of the divide,” said

“If there is one thing we can take away from this is stop the labeling, no matter what our political views are. We might disagree but we need to learn to empathise,” said Nidhi Razdan, executive editor of the NDTV.

A group of eminent journalists also gathered in Chennai to protest against the assassination. “Shujaat Bukhari was a messenger of peace,” said Vidya Venkat, senior Assistant Editor at The Hindu.

Several journalists also gathered to protest against the killing in various other parts including Udaipur and Kolkata.

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