Saturday, September 07, 2013

Media persons Rajesh Verma, Israr Khan killed in communal riot in Muzaffarnagar: Deaths of journalists in India

Two journalists Rajesh Verma and Israr Khan have been killed in the communal clash in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh that has so far claimed nine lives.

*We mourn all the deaths including the sad demise of the two journalists.

*We strongly condemn the use of the word 'stringer' for Rajesh Verma

*We are also condemn TV channels, newspapers who ignore photographer Israr Khan

*We urge media men to express solidarity with the victims of the tragedy

*We request entire journalism fraternity to join hands and express solidarity with families of the two journalists  

*We expect the Centre to take a serious view of the law-and-order situation in UP

*We also want stern action against those using old photographs and circulating them as pictures of Muzaffarnagar violence to create further hatred.

The journalists have paid their lives in the line of duty. It is a sad day for journalists and a moment to reflect that how journalists working in districts (away from metropolitan cities and capitals), keep working in tough situations and sacrifice their lives. 

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