IFJ Calls for Full Inquiry into Death of Investigative Journalist

The International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) expresses its shock and sorrow at the death of Ramesh Singla,

a freelance investigative journalist who reported on illegal mining in

districts neighbouring the Indian national capital of Delhi.

 

According to reports in the Indian

media, Singla, a resident of Mewat district in the state of Haryana bordering Delhi, was killed on the

afternoon of October 4, when the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a heavy

vehicle on one of the main arterial roads in the district. The vehicle that

caused the accident then reportedly fled the scene.

 

Singla, 48, had published a number

of articles about illegal mining in Mewat and the neighbouring district of

Gurgaon in the top selling Hindi-language daily Dainik Jagran in the

days before his death.

 

Inquiries with police in Mewat reveal

that they are inclined to treat the death as accidental. The Delhi Union of

Journalists (DUJ) though, has asked for more details to be revealed about the

circumstances in which the death occurred.

 

“The IFJ calls upon police to

investigate Singla’s death with appropriate thoroughness and establish whether

it had any connection to his professional work,” IFJ

Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

The IFJ is aware that the mining

industry in the region that Singla worked in has often been accused of illegalities

and environmental destruction. Journalists who have reported on this have often

faced intimidation and harassment in the past.

 

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ

represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131 countries

 

Find the

IFJ on Twitter: @ifjasiapacific

 

Find the

IFJ on Facebook: www.facebook.com/IFJAsiaPacific