• HT Correspondent, Patna
  • Updated: May 13, 2016 20:42 IST

Journalist Rajdeo Ranjan, the bureau chief of Hindi daily Hindustan in Bihar, was shot point dead on Friday evening.

He was attacked near the Siwan railway station and sustained injuries in head and neck.

Reporters Without Borders, in its report released in December last year, said India was among the three most dangerous countries for journalists in 2015, with nine reporters losing their lives during the year, according to the annual report of Reporters Without Borders released on Tuesday.

The media watchdog said these deaths confirmed “India’s position as Asia’s deadliest country for media personnel, ahead of both Pakistan and Afghanistan”.

Only war-torn Iraq and Syria recorded the deaths of more journalists than India. Four of the nine Indian journalists murdered in the past year were killed “for still undetermined reasons”, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said.

Indian journalists “daring to cover organised crime and its links with politicians have been exposed to a surge in violence, especially violence of criminal origin, since the start of 2015”, the report said.

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