Ominous footnote

IN Media Watch Briefs | 07/09/2017

Journalist Darryl D'Monte offers this  ominous  footnote to the last two days: “I was editing the Sunday magazine of the ToI in the ‘seventies and we were running a series titled “Dying as a Writer” – as opposed to Living as one. We got an angry response to our request for an interview with Gauri’s  father,  P. Lankesh, who was a Kannada poet, fiction writer  and journalist,  who started the weekly which Gauri was editing. He upbraided us ToI journalists for being comfortably off and running a series which was, to his mind, superficial.  How haunting the title of that series sounds, in retrospect.”

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The  Deccan Chronicle and Asian Age have reported that Parashuram Waghmare, the last of the six suspects arrested in connection with the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, was her assassin. The confirmation is attributed to a senior official in the Special Investigation Team. He also said the same weapon was used to shoot Gauri Lankesh, as rationalists Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi. The weapon has not been traced.The SIT suspects that three more people were present when Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at the entrance of her Bengaluru residence on September 5, 2017.                      

PTI reports that the West Bengal govt plans to come up with a law to tackle fake news and social media posts which cause unrest. The report quotes a Home Dept official saying that the state govt has kept data bank on fake news circulated on social media in West Bengal and other parts of the country in the past couple of years, and has records of past offenders to consider while framing the new law.  recent incidents in Shillong, Godda in Jharkhand and Karbi Anglong district of Assam have added to the concern, the report says.                    

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