SAMDEN condemns killing of journalist Shantanu Bhowmik in Tripura

Shantanu Bhowmik

New Delhi, 23 September 2017:The South Asia Media Defenders Network (SAMDEN) condemns the killing of journalist Shantanu Bhowmik, in Mandai in Tripura, saying that the issue goes beyond media freedom and involves the right to life. Bhowmik, a reporter for a local television news channel, Raat Din TV, was killed while covering a political rally of the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (PFT) on Wednesday.

He had been reporting on the PFT agitation when, according to the Press Trust of India, quoting the local Superintendent of Police, the 28 year-old was abducted and killed. 

Coming as it does only days after the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru, this is a reminder of the increasing violence being directed towards mediapersons across India. Reporters on the field in far-flung areas are particularly vulnerable to such attacks and intimidation.

As media professionals, we call upon political parties across the spectrum to ensure that the protection of journalists and on the Tripura Government to ensure justice to Bhowmick’s family and that the attackers are brought to book to face the full force of the law.

The incident goes beyond freedom of expression. It is becoming one of the right to life and liberty, the most fundamental of all rights.


On 22 September 2017, CHRI International Director Director Sanjoy Hazarika took part in a public gathering of journalists at the Press club of India to further discuss the incident and express solidarity with the media.

Signed:

  • Sanjoy Hazarika, Director, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), columnist and author
  • Mrinal Pande, Writer and Editor, New Delhi
  • Tarun Basu, Director and former Chief Editor, IANS and President, Society for Policy Studies (SPS)
  • Nidhi Razdan, Executive Editor, NDTV
  • Jayanta Bhattacharya, Bureau Chief, PTI, Agartala, Tripura
  • Sir Mark Tully, Journalist and Broadcaster
  • Gillian Wright, independent journalist and author
  • Mahendra Ved, President, Commonwealth Journalists Association, Columnist ,The New Straits Times, Malaysia
  • John Zubrzycki, writer, former Deputy Foreign Editor, The Australian newspaper, Sydney
  • Salil Tripathi, columnist, author, Chair of the Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International, London
  • Rita Payne, journalist and Media Adviser, President Emeritus, Commonwealth Journalists Association
  • Pradip Phanjoubam, Editor, Imphal Free Press
  • Sandeep Phukan, Deputy Editor, The Hindu
  • Karan Thapar, journalist and a television commentator and interviewer
  • S. Nihal Singh, veteran journalist  
  • William Horsley, Commonwealth Journalists Association, London 
  • David Page, Commonwealth Journalists Association, London 
  • Ehsan Ahmed Sehar, President Rural Media Network Pakistan & Chief Editor Daily Nawa-i-AhmedpurSharqia,Pakistan
  • Rehana Hakim, Editor, Newsline, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Professor Imtiaz Ahmed, Department of International Relations & Centre for Genocide Studies (CGS), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Abbas Nasir, columnist and former editor of Dawn, Pakistan
  • Rajdeep Sardesai, author, anchor, consulting editor at the India Today group
  • Preeti Gill, former Commissioning Editor, Zubaan, Publishing Consultant and Literary Agent
  • Utpal Borpujari, Filmmaker & film critic
  • Rajendra Dahal, Editor, Shikshak Monthly, Former Chairman Press Council , Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Rahul Verma, Commonwealth Journalists Association, UK
  • Jessica Odubayo, Commonwealth Journalists Association, London 
  • Aftab Siddiqui, founding member of the ARY TV network, UK. Columnist for The News & The Express Tribune 
  • Raymond Kharmujal,  independent journalist, Shillong
  • Abdul Ghani, Guwahati-based journalist
  • Stephen Cole, journalist and TV presenter
  • Kailash Budhwa, CJA-UK member and freelance journalist
  • Twaha Mukiibi, CJA-UK member, Ugandan journalist.
  • Fauzia Shaheen, Executive Director, Women Media Center, Pakistan, Editor Dastak
  • Magazine, Vice President-South Asia, Commonwealth Journalists Association
  • Raymond Kharmujal,  independent journalist, Shillong
  • Abdul Ghani, Guwahati-based journalist
  • Stephen Cole, journalist and TV presenter
  • Kailash Budhwa, CJA-UK member and freelance journalist
  • Twaha Mukiibi, CJA-UK member, Ugandan journalist.
  • Fauzia Shaheen, Executive Director, Women Media Center, Pakistan, Editor Dastak Magazine, Vice President-South Asia, Commonwealth Journalists Association
  • Mitra Phukan, columnist and novelist, Guwahati
  • Roopa Barua, film maker, Mumbai
  • Babul Gogoi, digital entrepreneur
  • Kaustubh Deka, Dibrugarh University
  • Nabina Das, poet, Hyderabad
  • Adam Saprisanga, journalist, Aizawl, Mizoram
  • Anshul Ojha, film maker, New Delhi
  • Mirza Zulfiqar Rahman, Reseacher, Guwahati
  • Chief Foanyi Nkemayang Paul, President, CJA-Cameroon/Vice President Africa Bureau
  • Kavita Bajeli-Datt, former chief of bureau, IANS, and former, Communications Officer, CHRI

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