The Press Club of India (PCI) on Tuesday condemned the murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru.
In a statement, the PCI said that the fact that she was shot outside her home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar during the busy part of the evening meant that law and order in Bengaluru had deteriorated and criminals had a “free run” in the Karnataka capital.
“A fearless and independent journalist who gave voice to many causes and always stood up for justice has been shot dead in a most brutal manner in order to silence her voice,” the PCI statement said. It demanded that her attackers be caught quickly.
“Whatever differences she had with anyone, it was certainly not the way to attack an outspoken journalist who was defenceless. Such attacks on the freedom of press will not be tolerated,” the PCI stated.
The PCI, the Press Association and the Indian Women’s Press Corps have planned a protest on Wednesday at 3 p.m.