“Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault.”
Journalism is no longer a profession; it’s an activity. To fit into journalism means to communicate information based on facts to a larger audience with the objective to inform.
Basically, we are all journalists now. But what does that mean for us?
In a shocking incident, Karnataka’s renowned Journalist, Gauri Lankesh, was shot dead at her residence in Bengaluru at 8:10 pm on Tuesday by 3 unknown assailants. As per the police report, three shots were fired on Gauri Lankesh as she collapsed and died on the spot. Gauri was returning from her office when the murder took place.
Apparently, Gauri Lankesh’ killing bears unusual similarity to the way in which rationalist MM Kalburgi was killed two years ago.
(In 2015, MM Kalburgi, renowned scholar and the 77-year-old former vice chancellor of Hampi University, was also shot dead on the doorstep of his home in Karnataka.)
The 55-year-old senior journalist was an independent writer and was known for her fearless and feisty voice in the arena of Indian journalism. Gauri was the daughter of writer, translator and journalist P Lankesh. She was a veteran editor of Gauri Lankesh Patrike and columnist in both Kannada and English, besides owning some other publications.
Ms Lankesh is survived by her mother, her sister and her brother.
She had no children but called JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and Gujarat Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani her ‘adopted sons’.
She often used to voice her opinions against the communal politics, caste system as well as against the establishment. A vocal advocate of freedom of speech, Gauri Lankesh was also taking a bold stand against the Sangh parivar in Karnataka.
The Indian National Congress is in power in Karnataka since May 2013 and Gauri Lankesh’s murder raises some serious questions on law and order of the state. The opposition has already started calling it a failure of Siddaramaiah Government.
Senior police officials including city police commissioner T Suneel Kumar rushed to the spot while the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said three police teams have been formed to investigate the murder.
Incidentally, the state of Karnataka goes to the polls next year.
While there are protests against her killing being planned in the town as well as in Delhi; Journalism, it seems is dying a slow death.
Found very active with her social media posts, Gauri Lankesh had recently brought up the issue of fake news and propaganda via her twitter account. The tweets are under heavy discussion across all media platforms as to what can be concluded or comprehended from these controversial lines posted by her.
It remains to be seen, which ‘fake’ post is she referring to and who is the ‘biggest enemy’. If only, she could still be here to tell us!