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SIT to investigate journalist Akshay Singh’s death: CM Chouhan

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Bhopal: A special investigation team (SIT) probing Madhya Pradesh Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal (Vyapam) scam will also investigate the death of a journalist covering it, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said here on Sunday.

The chief minister said he stood with the bereaved family in this hour of grief.

Akshay Singh, a New Delhi-based journalist of TV channel Aaj Tak, died in Jhabua on Saturday afternoon.

He went to Madhya Pradesh to cover the recent string of deaths of people involved in the scam.

Akshay called on the parents of Namrata Damor, an alleged beneficiary of the Vyapam scandal who died in mysterious circumstances.

(IANS)

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Journalist Killing Protest Creates Chaos, Leads to Shutdown in Tripura

Many activists of different political parties were injured in clashes as the BJP, Congress and other parties called a shutdown on Thursday to protest the killing of a journalist by a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) trooper

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Journalist killing leads to clashes in Tripura. IANS.

Agartala, Nov 23: Many activists of different political parties were injured in clashes while normal life was hit in Left ruled Tripura as the BJP, Congress and other parties called a shutdown on Thursday to protest the killing of a journalist by a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) trooper.

“Around 25 activists of different political parties including BJP and CPI-M were injured following the clashes in various places across Tripura,” a police official said.

Police said around 600 activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other parties were arrested for picketing in front of government offices in different parts of the state.

Most of the government, semi-government, private offices, educational institutions, shops and business establishments were closed due to the strike called by the BJP, the Congress, the Trinamool Congress and the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura.

Banks and financial institutions were also closed in view of the shutdown, which was opposed by the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) led Left Front.

All vehicles, except those of security forces, went off the roads. The bandh did not affect flights and train services in and out of Tripura.

“The strike was successful and spontaneous,” state BJP President Biplab Kumar Deb said.

Security forces led by senior police officials have been deployed across the state to prevent any untoward incident.

According to police, TSR Second Battalion Rifleman Nandu Kumar Reang shot dead Sudip Datta Bhowmik, 50, at Radha Kishore Nagar, 25 km from Agartala, following an altercation on Tuesday. Reang was the bodyguard of Second Battalion Commandant Tapan Debbarma. The slain journalist had gone to meet Debbarma at the battalion headquarters.

Police have arrested both the trooper and the Commandant. The Chief Judicial Magistrate here sent the duo to 10 days in police custody.

The state government, which has handed over the case to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), also constituted a four-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the incident.

Bhowmik, who was a reporter with “Syandan Patrika” and television channel “Vanguard”, is survived by his wife, a government teacher, and two children.

Most of the local newspapers left their editorial blank on Thursday with a thick black border to register their strong protest over the killing.

Numerous theories and claims have surfaced regarding the reason behind the journalist’s killing, the second incident involving a media man in the state. Earlier, 28-year-old TV reporter Santanu Bhowmik was hacked to death while covering an event of a tribal party at Mandai in western Tripura on September 20.

“Syandan Patrikaa” editor and Tripura Newspaper Society President Subal Kumar Dey alleged that his reporter was targeted by the commandant as the former had written many stories against him in the newspaper.

“It was a pre-planned cold-blooded assassination and they tried to hide the body to destroy evidence. Bhowmik was killed as he had exposed the TSR commandant’s illegal acts,” Dey told the media.

Police, however, claim Bhowmik had stolen an envelope containing a huge amount of money or some confidential documents from Debbarma’s table while the latter was in the toilet after their meeting in the office chamber.

Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy, who is now in Delhi, has said that he will submit a report to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Bhowmik’s killing.

With the state Assembly polls due in February, the journalist’s murder has heated up the political atmosphere in the Left ruled state.

The ruling CPI-M criticised the BJP for politicising the killing of the journalist.

“The ‘bandh’ called by BJP is totally undemocratic. It would hamper normal lives and especially the annual examinations started in schools and ongoing revision of electoral rolls for the next Assembly elections,” CPI-M Central Committee member Gautam Das said.

The Congress has demanded a high-level inquiry into the murder. The BJP has demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.

Various journalists organisations in the northeast including the Tripura Working Journalists Association, Tripura Journalists Union (TJU) and the Agartala Press Club have also denounced the killing and demanded a probe.

The TJU has also demanded the resignation of the state Home Minister, a portfolio held by Sarkar. (IANS)

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Journalist Behind the Panama Papers Killed in a Car Bomb

Caruana Galizia was recently described by the American news outlet Politico as a "one-woman WikiLeaks".

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Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device. (Representative image) Pixabay

Valletta, October 17, 2017 : A journalist who led the Panama Papers probe into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her residence, the media reported.

Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device, reports the Guardian.

A blogger whose posts often attracted more readers than the combined circulation of the country’s newspapers, Caruana Galizia was recently described by the American news outlet Politico as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”.

Her latest revelations accused Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and two of his closest aides, connecting offshore companies linked to the three men with the sale of Maltese passports and payments from the government of Azerbaijan.

No group or individual claimed responsibility for the attack, the Guardian reported.

Malta’s President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, called for calm. “In these moments, when the country is shocked by such a vicious attack, I call on everyone to measure their words, to not pass judgement and to show solidarity.”

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In a statement, Muscat condemned the “barbaric attack”.

“Everyone knows Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of mine,” said Muscat, adding “Both politically and personally, but nobody can justify this barbaric act in any way.”

He announced in parliament later on Monday that Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officers were on their way to Malta to assist with the investigation, following his request for help from the US government.

According to local media reports, Caruana Galizia filed a police report 15 days ago to say that she had been receiving death threats.

The journalist posted her final blog on her Running Commentary website at 2.35 p.m. on Monday, and the explosion, which occurred near her home, was reported to police just after 3 p.m.

Over the last two years, her reporting had largely focused on revelations from the Panama Papers, a cache of 11.5 million documents leaked from the internal database of the world’s fourth largest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca. (IANS)

 

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Exclusive: Fall of the Draconian Roar of NDTV?

One of the shareholders of NDTV, Mr. Dutta alleged that the media house and its promoters have violated a number of laws

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Executive co-chairperson of NDTV Prannoy Roy. Source: NDTV

 by Salil Gewali 

June 08, 2017:

In the democracy, everyone is answerable to the Government. For any perceived misdeeds or infringement of laws by any person/ persons or business house/houses, the Government usually deploys its competent agencies for the right investigation. It comes under the fundamental norms of the constitution that one is not above the laws. So constitutionally laid down rules and regulations are equal for all.

But one is quite surprised why a certain media groups and journalists are going all out to lambast the government when the CBI recently raided the house of the executive co-chairperson of NDTV Prannoy Roy. Please note, every day a number of such raids are carried out across the country but why are uproars only when it is against a certain media? How could we guarantee that the media in question is a holy cow?

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Yes, this current crackdown against NDTV is pertaining to Rs 48 crore clear default on a loan provided by ICICI bank against which, CBI has filed the FIR on the basis of the relentless complaint by Sanjay Dutta who himself was one of the shareholders of this media company.

Mr. Dutta alleged that NDTV and its promoters have violated a number of laws. A renowned journalist and former Editor of ‘The Hindu’ Ms. Malini Parthasarathy aptly quipped ‘NDTV should allow a probe & not retreat behind the shield of press freedom which is too weighty a concept to be invoked for personal issues.’

The erstwhile vibrant media that never loses its steam to dress down the Government and political leaders for any irregularities and that claims that all political leaders must be subject to a close scrutiny of the media, the fourth pillar of the democracy, should now fully cooperate the investigating agencies.  They should not play the victim card and blame the government. Or else, this will only set a wrong precedent that might result in the weakening the governance body by subsequently increasing the monopoly power of a few corporate giants and the elite groups who well know how to score their self-centered goals and agendas.

Particularly, in view of the open glorification and warm embraces extended to some “azadi factions” by NDTV and the like it is too essential that the government should be extra careful so that the integrity and sovereignty of the country is not disturbed. Very frankly speaking, is it not pretty hard to trust NDTV which with impunity aided and abetted a quirky and anarchist – Kanhaiya Kumar and such others … of JNU while downplaying hardships and sacrifices of the army jawans? How could the subversive elements be praised as “heroes” of the country, some stone-pelters as lovable “misled youths”, while ones who guard the country along the hostile and icy POK borders as double zeros? It is very important now that the government must sit up and watch the postures and bearing of a certain media before the security system, mutual co-existences among diverse communities, and the administrative setups of the nation get destabilized.

 Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali