IFJ Mourns Death of Journalist Injured in Assassination Bid in India

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.

 

Vijay

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.

 

One among

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.

 

Vijay

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.

 

“Vijay Pratap’s

death is a serious loss for journalism and shows how danger often lurks for

conscientious professionals in the most unforeseen quarters.”

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ represents

more than 600,000 journalists in 125 countries

 

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