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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Two months after a journalist was killed in Tripura by mob violence, another scribe was shot dead today by the personal security officer of a commandant of the Tripura State Rifles. Shantanu Bhaumik's murder in September this year was followed by the murder on Nov 21 of Sudip Datta Bhaumik who was a senior journalist with the Syandan Patrika, a leading Bengali newspaper in Agartala, reports The Indian Express. He had gone to meet the commandant with an appointment, and had an altercation with the PSO.                   reports  that  Imphal-based newspapers left their editorial columns blank to protest  the burning down of a daily on Nov. 18,  allegedly by members of the BJP’s youth wing. "Copies of the vernacular newspaper   Poknapham were set on fire by unidentified miscreants in front of BJP’s party office at Nityapat Chuthek on Saturday over alleged disparaging content against the prime minister", the website said. The All Manipur Working Journalists Union has termed the act of burning the newspaper copies as  "promulgation of mob culture."                      

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