Brussels, June 28 (KMS): Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the increasing spate of attacks and murders of media workers in India and has called on the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, for urgent action into poor record on journalists’ safety in the country.

The IFJ and its affiliates, the Indian Journalist Union (IJU) and the National Union of Journalists – India (NUJI), in a statement issued on the website of the IFJ strongly condemned the recent attacks including the killing by immolation of a journalist in Madhya Pradesh and a night attack on a female journalist in New Delhi.

The statement said that on June 24, the IJU wrote to the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath, to demand an investigation into the murder of journalist, Chakresh Jain.

According to the IJU, family sources reported that local Janpad Panchayat administration official Aman Choudhary and accomplices deliberately doused Chakresh Jain in petrol before setting him on fire on June 19. Jain, who worked at a Hindi daily in Shahgarh, suffered burns to 90 percent of his body. The confrontation between Jain and Chaudhary followed a long-running legal dispute.

On the evening of June 23, New Delhi journalist, Mithali Chandola, was travelling home from work in her car when two persons on a bike attacked her. She was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences with serious injuries, the IJU said.

The statement also mentioned the killing of journalists, Gauri Lankesh in 2017, and Navin Nischal, Vijay Singh and Sandeep Sharma in 2018.


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