On Wednesday morning, Republic TV Anchor, Entertainer, and Former Journalist, Arnab Goswami, was detained by the Mumbai Police after they encroached his residence with a warrant. The Right-Wing and the central government ministers were quick to tweet about the issue and condemned it.
The Law Minister of India, Ravi Shankar Prasad wrote,
“One can differ, one can debate and one can ask questions too. However arresting a journalist of the stature of #ArnabGoswami by abuse of Police power, because he was asking questions, is something which we all need to condemn.”
Stature is the keyword here.
He also said,
“Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have openly attacked @narendramodi Govt through motivated charges of attack on institutions yet they are completely silent when their own Govt in Maharashtra is blatantly suppressing freedom of Press. A textbook case of hypocrisy!”
So, we thought let’s revisit the textbook of hypocrisy. Here are all the journalists who were killed in the last 6 years on whom there hasn’t been a single condemnation from the central government or its ministers.
Tarun Kumar Acharya
On 27th May 2014, the 29-year-old Odia journalist Tarun Acharya was killed by slitting his throat in the Khallikote town of Ganjam district. Reportedly, the expose of child labor issues in a cashew factory by Tarun led to his death.
On 8th June 2015, freelance journalist Jagendra Singh was set on fire in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur. Days later, he died because of burn injuries. Allegedly, he was set on fire by the local policemen and criminals under the instructions of the then minister Rammurti Singh Verma.
The freelance crime journalist Sandeep Kothari was murdered in the Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh allegedly for exposing illegal mining and land grabbing. This happened on 20th June 2015.
On 3rd October, assailants on a motorcycle shot dead the local journalist Hemant Yadav in Uttar Pradesh. The reasons for his murder is still unknown.
5th September 2017, Journalist Gauri Lankesh was fired 7 bullets by 3 men outside her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar in Bengaluru. Gauri Lankesh died on the spot. The Right-Wing celebrated her death. Most of them were followed by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.
The Journalist was murdered in Tripura on 20th September 2015 while he was covering raasta roko by the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura. He worked for Channel Dinraat.
Sudip Dalla Bhaumik
A police officer of Tripura State Rifles shot Sudip Dalla Bhaumik on 21st November 2017. He worked for Syandan Patrika and News Vanguard.
The Journalist and Editor of Rising Kashmir was murdered in Srinagar on 14th June 2018 by unidentified gunmen.