The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) deeply
mourns the death of Vijay Pratap Singh, senior reporter for the Indian
Express, after he was injured in an assassination attempt on a local
politician in Allahabad city in northern India.
Pratap was visiting a cabinet minister of Uttar Pradesh state on July 12. He had
just stepped out of the minister’s residence, in the minister’s company, when a
bomb was detonated.
several injured, Vijay Pratap was transferred the following day at the
initiative of his newspaper to Delhi’s Army Hospital.
He died on July 20, ten days short of his thirty-ninth birthday. He is survived
by his wife Shashi, a five-year-old son and a 10-month-old daughter.
Pratap had earned a name for himself with some incisive reporting on social and
political issues, which often featured on the front page of the nationally
circulated editions of the Indian Express.
“The IFJ extends
its deepest condolences to Vijay Pratap’s family and to his professional
colleagues for this terrible tragedy,” IFJ Asia-Pacific
Director Jacqueline Park said.
death is a serious loss for journalism and shows how danger often lurks for
conscientious professionals in the most unforeseen quarters.”
information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific
on +612 9333 0919
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