The Mumbai Press Club said on Saturday that the killing of J Dey reflected the vulnerability of investigative journalists in the city. The association said Dey had recently done a series of stories on illegal adulteration of diesel in Thane and had sought police protection after receiving threat calls.
“Scores of incidents of journalists being beaten or threatened by politicians and local mafia have been reported recently,” said the club’s office-bearers at a meeting at the Press Club called on Saturday evening.
Senior journalist Jatin Desai claimed J Dey had given Home Minister RR Patil a report by the Anti-Corruption Bureau on links between police officials and the underworld.
Though the minister promised action, nothing was done, he said.