Unidentified assailants murder journalist in India

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns the killing of a local journalist in Madhya Pradesh, India on May 31. The IFJ demands immediate investigation and arrest of the perpetrators.

Kamlesh Jain, 42, was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne assailants at his office in Pipliya Mandi, 15km from district headquarters Mandsaur. He was shot twice from close range and died on the way to hospital. Jain was reportedly filing stories for Indore-based Hindi daily Nai Dunia, with which he was associated for the last 12 years.

Jain’s family said that local illegal liquor sellers had threatened to kill him after he reported their activities to the police a few days back. According to a report the family claimed that Jain had informed the police about the threat.

The IFJ is working with its Indian affiliates to establish the motive of the murder even as the police investigation is underway. Jain is the second journalist to be murdered in India in 2017 and the killing came merely two weeks after the brutal murder of journalist Shyam Sharma, also in Madhya Pradesh.

The IFJ expresses its condolence to the Jain family and stands in solidarity with the local journalist community.

The IFJ general secretary, Anthony Bellanger, said: “The IFJ condemns the murder of Kamlesh Jain in India. The two murders of journalists in two weeks illustrate the dangerous conditions that journalists in India are facing. We call on the Indian authorities to immediately and thoroughly investigate this murder and bring those responsible to justice.

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