Loss for all Kashmiris, India’: Journalists mourn death of Shujaat Bukhari
Tributes poured in over twitter as journalists mourned the loss of a fellow scribe and friend Shujaat Bukhari.india Updated: Jun 15, 2018 10:20 IST
Editors and reporters are mourning the murder of Shujaat Bukhari, editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir newspaper, calling the attack on him in Srinagar an example of the dangers of being a journalist in India.
Bukhari, 48, was attacked by three gunmen on a motorcycle while he was in his car Thursday evening.
Hailed as a fierce journalist with an independent voice, Bukhari spent nearly three decades championing a peaceful solution to the Kashmir conflict.
Journalists have routinely been targeted across India. According to a report by International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), India witnessed death of five journalists in 2016. The country was placed 136th among 180 countries in the world press freedom rankings in 2017, by media watchdog Reporters without Borders.
Tributes poured in over Twitter as journalists mourned the loss of a fellow scribe and friend. Here are some of the tweets:
Still numb. Will always remember @bukharishujaat for his fearlessness, even if it meant calling out militant excesses. And the majority have the gall to club all Kashmiris as 'terror sympathisers' https://t.co/phoj2hJKwI— Harinder Baweja (@shammybaweja) June 14, 2018
Heartbreaking the loss of Shujaat Bukhari, an incredibly brave editor & an invaluable voice of middle-ground moderation. This is a loss for all Kashmiri’s, India and the entire journalistic community— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) June 14, 2018
It’s a loss to all of us as a profession too. Shujaat mentored so many young journalists and was the first stop for mist journalists visiting the Valley. He’s a true martyr to the cause of courageous journalism https://t.co/kPaOSBsTr6— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) June 14, 2018
My friend @bukharishujaat was a rare voice of moderation in Kashmir who pandered to no extremes. May those who did this to him rot in hell. And may this be a moment for Kashmir to take note of the absolute insanity it is slipping into #ShujaatBukhari— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) June 14, 2018
Shujaat Bukhari and I were colleagues at The Hindu. He was a formidable reporter, and, as editor of Rising Kashmir, a powerful voice for the embattled media fraternity, a true voice of sanity and reason. No words of condemnation are enough for the scum who have assassinated him.— Siddharth (@svaradarajan) June 14, 2018
The Editors Guild of India unequivocally condemns the assassination of Rising Kashmir Editor Shujaat Bukhari. This is a grave attack on press freedom and democratic voices. We will be issuing a more detailed statement soon— Editors Guild of India (@IndEditorsGuild) June 14, 2018
Unbelievable! Kashmiri editor Shujaat Bukhari has been killed. What madness. A terrible loss. https://t.co/HfHh8SAWA0— Basharat Peer (@BasharatPeer) June 14, 2018
It is a terrible day for us. I have known Shujaat for years. Agreed on so many things, had bitter disagreements as well, in last few years. Never thought he will go like this.— Rahul Pandita (@rahulpandita) June 14, 2018
First Published: Jun 15, 2018 09:37 IST