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Journalist bodies condemn killing of senior journalist Shujat Bukhari

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Several bodies on Thursday condemned the killing of and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujat Bhukhari by militants in

They also demanded that forces responsible for his killing should be brought to book at the earliest.

Militants fired from close range at outside his office in the Press Enclave area of Residency Road in killing him and his while critically injuring a

Condemning what it called a "dastardly attack", the said that was "a voice of moderation and a courageous, big-hearted who mentored a large cadre of young journalists from Kashmir".

"The guild calls upon the government of to take urgent steps to bring to book the culprits and ensure safety and security for the media in the state," it said in a statement.

It added that an attack on a challenges the very foundations of a free press and vibrant democracy and more so in a state like that is going through militancy.

"The guild also calls upon the state and to enhance security for all journalists in Recent weeks have also seen threats of violence against many journalists in different parts of the country," it said.

"The killing of is a new low in a rapidly deteriorating environment for in Kashmir, in particular, and in the country in general," it added.

Expressing "shock", the also "strongly condemned" the killing in the holy month of and said that "forces inimical to restoring peace in had silenced a voice of reason, logic and peace".

"deeply mourns the loss of Shujaat Bukhari's life and extends its condolences to the bereaved family in this hour of crisis," it said in a statement.

It added that the "terror attack" showed that lives of journalists were not safe.

"has time and again underlined the threat to the lives of journalists working under difficult and challenging circumstances and demanded protection for them," it said.

The Indian Women's Press Corps, and Federation of Press Clubs of India also expressed "deep shock and outrage at the brazen murder" of Bukhari.

They said that Bukhari was a known for his wide range of analytical writings on Kashmir and that he continued to write actively despite the death threats issued to him.

"His murder can only be viewed as yet another attempt to muzzle the media and the freedom of the press in the valley," a joint statement said.

Bukhari started his career as a with and moved to in the 1990s. Later, he established his own English daily Rising Kashmir.



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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 21:52 IST