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The world’s largest democracy must better protect its journalists in 2018

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LAST year, 12 journalists were either murdered or killed in suspicious situations in India.

The largest democracy globally thus emerges as one of the most hazardous places for media workers on the planet after only Mexico, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

India’s troubled neighbor Pakistan lost seven professional journalists and a media student to assailants in 2017. Moreover, its other neighbours Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar) and the Maldives witnessed the murder of one scribe each in the last 12 months.

Smaller neighbours Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet (now under Chinese occupation) evaded journo-killing incidents during the period.

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Villagers read newspapers at a shop at Gupti village in the eastern Indian state of Orissa March 28, 2012. Source: Reuters

In some ways, India has one of the most vibrant media landscapes in the world. While elsewhere consumers are moving away from print into digital media, Indians are still buying print newspapers in the millions – and increasingly in Hindi and a variety of local languages.

The Times of India is the most widely read English language newspaper worldwide with around 5 million readers daily.

But murders of journalists, which continue unabated, are a major blight on its democratic credentials. The killing spree of media persons in India started with Hari Prakash on Jan 2 and Brajesh Kumar Singh on Jan 3.

By the end of 2017........

© Asian Correspondent