The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) strongly condemns the brutal murder of a journalist in Khallikote, Ganjam district in Odisha state in eastern India on Tuesday night, May 27.
Tarun Acharya, 34, was employed with Kanak TV as stringer, and also contributed to the local daily Sangbad. He was attacked with sharp weapons by some unidentified miscreants at a desolate area near Khallikote Police Station as he returned home on his motorbike in Bikrampur.
The attackers slit his throat and stabbed his chest, immediately fleeing the scene.
He is survived by his wife and a 10-month old daughter.
Police later said that his murder was directly linked with his work. P Shyam Sundar Prusty, owner of a cashew nut processing factory, and N Ramesh Reddy, owner of a light and sound unit, paid contract killers to injure him after he published of a series of reports about the child labour practices in Prusty's factory.
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