IJU condemns journalist murder

NEW DELHI, Oct 17: Indian Journalists Union (IJU) expressed grave concern over brutal murder of K Satyanarayana, correspondent of Telugu daily, Andhra Jyothi at Thondangi Mandal in East Godavari district on Tuesday night.

He is reported to have been writing against ant-social elements and was earlier attacked a month ago but was returning home from work when killed.

IJU interim president Geetartha Pathak, secretary general and IFJ vice president Sabina Inderjit, in a joint statement, have demanded that Andhra Pradesh Govt bring the culprits to book immediately and sought compensation for family of the slain journalist.

At the same time, the Expressing serious concern over rising attacks on journalists in the country, particularly Andhra Pradesh, IJU reiterated its demand for a safety law for journalists to ensure protection and safeguarding freedom of press.

Welcoming the Press Council of India move to take  suo moto notice of the incident and directing Andhra Pradesh Govt, particularly chief secretary and DGP to submit a report soon, the IJU said it was  following request of leaders of its state union, Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists, PCI member MA Majid and former members Sreenivas Reddy and Amarnath Kosuri to PCI chairman.

The IJU said all Govts must view the attacks on journalists as an attack on the freedom of the press and provide adequate protection to the fourth estate to carry out its duties without fear, according to an IJU release.

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