IFJ Condemns Attempted Murder of Indian Journalist

 

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins partners and

affiliates in India in condemning the attempt on the life of Tonggam Rina, Associate

Editor of the Arunachal Times, in

Itanagar, capital of the north-eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, on

June 15.

 

According to information received from the IFJ-affiliated Indian

Journalists’ Union, Rina was shot, sustaining a serious abdominal injury, as

she entered her office that evening. She was taken to a local hospital for

treatment and her condition was described by the head of the state police force

as “out of danger”.

 

Rina has reportedly

faced threats in the recent past over her reporting. One such instance followed

her reporting on certain irregularities in the functioning of the public

distribution system for food and other essential commodities in the state.

There were also threats made against her after she reported on the factional

rivalries within an armed underground group in two districts of the state. The

office of her newspaper was ransacked on April 16 this year, with the assailants

remaining at large. Two other female journalists in Itanagar have also received

telephoned threats from unknown callers recently.

 

“The IFJ wishes

Tonggam Rina a swift recovery and an early resumption of her professional

activities”, said the IFJ Asia-Pacific.

 

“We extend our

support to the journalists of Arunachal Pradesh who are observing a day-long

work stoppage in protest against the attempt on Rina’s life”.

 

“We call on the state

authorities to thoroughly investigate this attack, as well as all previous

instances of overt threats being made to journalists, which may all be linked”.

 

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further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0950

 

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