News Cameraman and Freelance Photographer Killed in Riots in India’s Uttar Pradesh State

Media Release: India 


September 2013         


The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is shocked

and deeply saddened to learn of the death of Rajesh Verma, a news cameraman for

a national broadcaster and Israr, a freelance photographer, in mob violence in

the district town of Muzaffarnagar in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh.


According to information received by the IFJ

affiliate, the National Union of Journalists of  India (NUJ-I), Rajesh Verma a news cameraman for the IBN 7 channel which

broadcasts in English, Hindi, Marathi and other languages all across India, and

a freelance photographer identified only by the single name Israr, were

attacked by a mob dispersing after a meeting in Muzaffarnagar town on 7



Both had been assigned to cover the meeting and seem

to have been attacked with deliberate intent. Rajesh Verma was shot through the

chest and Israr died of serious injuries inflicted by blunt objects.


An estimated twenty-seven people have been killed in

communal rioting that broke out in Muzaffarnagar district on Saturday, 7

September. Reports indicate that despite a heavy deployment of security forces,

the situation continues to be volatile and tense.


“We call on the local authorities to ensure that those

responsible for the violence against the journalists are identified and brought

to justice”, said the IFJ Asia Pacific.


“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and

friends of our slain colleagues and call on media organisations to always be

mindful of the inherent hazards of physical harm involved in covering

situations of mob violence and rioting”.


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