By SHWETA RAJ KANWAR | December 14, 2017
As 2017 draws to a close, it does good to retrospect on the events and happenings before the curtain covers them up forever. The year 2017 has seen a spate of journalist killings and even them being jailed, not only in India but all over the world!
The memory of Gauri Lankesh, a journalist from Bengaluru who was assassinated on September 5, 2017 still remains fresh in our minds. She was the editor of Gauri Lankesh Patrike in Bengaluru. Not very long after this shocking incident, Pankaj Mishra, a journalist working for Hindi newspaper Rashtriya Sahara, was shot by two bikers on September 7 in the Arwal district of Bihar. Following this, another journalist from Tripura, Santanu Bhowmik was murdered on September 20, 2017 while on duty. This was the third case of a journalist being murdered in India within a fortnight. Amidst mass protests in the world’s largest democracy for protecting the rights and freedom of the Press, on November 21, another journalist named Sudip Dutta Bhowmik, also from Tripura was murdered by a police officer of the Tripura State Rifles. This was just after a month of the previous murder of a journalist in the same state.