Scribe killed in Kanpur

IN Media Watch Briefs | 01/12/2017

Naveen Gupta, a contributor with Hindi daily Hindustan, was shot dead by unidentified persons near the Nagar Palika market in Billhaur, about 60 km from Kanpur, on Nov 30, 2017. While it is as yet unclear whether this is related to his journalism, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a probe even as the Kanpur Press Club protested the killing. This is the 10th death of a journalist this year, six of which have been confirmed for professional reasons.               

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Journalists following up on a story on a secret diary that indicated the bribing and corruption of members of the Tamil Nadu cabinet by industrialist and mining baron Sekhar Reddy found that another diary was quickly doing the rounds, this time with the names of  journalists and alleged payouts to them in what is seen as a clumsy attempt to discredit their work. The News Minute editor-in-chief Dhanya Rajendran who quickly put out a screenshot of the offending page with the watermark 'Made by idiots' tweeted that journalists can make a lot of money if they want to but are here to do a job, with integrity!                    

Ravi Belagere, editor of Kannada tabloid Hi Bangalore, was arrested on Dec 8 on allegations  of hiring a contract killer to murder a fellow journalist, his former employee  Sunil Heggaravanahalli. Police found guns and ammunition in his home.  In June this year he was one of two editors to attract a jail sentence ordered by the Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly for breach of privilege following  allegedly defamatory articles against legislators. ( The News Minute)                              

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