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Gauri Lankesh murder: India lost 40 journalists since 1992 on line of duty

Editor's Note: This copy was originally published on 10 December 2016 on Human Rights Day which is celebrated every year on 10 December since 1950 to mark the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights by United Nations. It's been replugged with fresh inputs after the murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh.

Over the years, several journalists have lost their lives while reporting about human rights violations, corruption and for doing their job. The year 2017 would have been a relatively peaceful year for journalists in India had senior journalist Gauri Lankesh not been murdered just outside her residence in Bengaluru.

A supporter holding the photo of Gauri Lankesh during her funeral in Bengaluru. PTI

A supporter holding the photo of Gauri Lankesh during her funeral in Bengaluru. PTI

Lankesh, who was shot dead on Tuesday and could be the 41st journalist killed because of her work in India since 1992, the year when the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) started keeping records of journalist deaths.

Though Lankesh's death is not part of the official records at CPJ, according to reports, her anti-Right-wing views could be responsible for her death. In the latest edition of Gauri Lankesh Patrike, a weekly magazine in Kannada had criticised former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa.

Also, in several of her writings, she has accepted being under attack from Right-wing supporters for her anti-established views.

Firstpost takes a look at the other 40 journalists who were killed in India.

The number of killings mentioned are only those where the motives have been confirmed, actual number of journalists killed could be higher.

Published Date: Dec 10, 2016 19:30 PM | Updated Date: Sep 06, 2017 22:10 PM

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