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Threats to journalists are now omnipresent

13 8 27

AS we entered the second half of 2018, shocking news came from the United States – the professed home of free speech on earth.

A gunman stormed into the newsroom of a Maryland newspaper and killed five media employees, including editors, reporters and a sales person. Those slain in shootings at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis is a reminder that journalists across the globe, not only those in conflict zones, are increasingly endangered.

If the grand democracy of the US has recently turned dangerous for scribes, the world’s largest democracy continues to uphold its status as a hazardous place for journalists.

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India reported the murder of four journalists in the last six months, a pattern reflected in its troubled neighbour Pakistan follows with two killed during 2018. Bangladesh has seen the murder of one editor-publisher since 1 January, whereas other countries on the subcontinent have avoided murders of journalists.

India lost three journalists in mysterious accidents within twelve hours in Madhya Pradesh and Bihar on 25 and 26 March 2018. Sandeep Sharma was a dedicated 36-year-old News World reporter in Bhind, deliberately mowed down by a truck in the morning hours.

He later........

© Asian Correspondent