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Last week was an eventful week for media. Not only it got so much spice from Lokpal Bill, international politics, turbulence in the neighbourhood but also what it else got was even more disheartening and eye ball catching was the murder of the J Dey .For those who might think the name is of any famous celebrity or an international sensation, then they are wrong. He is a less known crime reporter who worked for the well known MID-DAY newspaper. He was murdered in Mumbai few days back. Inspite of getting a lot of attention from media Mumbai Police is yet to catch the culprit. However many of you might find it as yet another murder case exposing Mumbai police’s (who claims to be nothing less than Scotland Yard of UK or Swat of USA ) incompetency. It is clear that the assault on J Dey was done by the land mafia as few months back J Dey exposed a huge land racket in Mumbai(a place where a kilogram of gold can buy you not more that a square feet of land). Inspite of the pressure from all corners of the society, the concerned authorities have failed to show any seriousness in the murder case and catch the culprit.
But what was more disturbing was that it came coincidently at a time when India was ranked one of the least safe countries for journalists as well as one of the countries with maximum number of cases unsolved involving murder of the mediamen in a survey conducted by an independent agency of international reput. It is there along with the war torn countries like Iraq, Sri Lanka or lawless nations like Yemen. For a country that has been the largest democracy for many decades, this has come as a black spot over its claim in real sense. Media is one of the four pillars on which democracy stands and if any government fails to protect the media’s soldiers and it is nothing for good. Media of any country is responsible for the protection and execution of citizens fundamental’s rights. Any attack on the media is a direct attack on these fundamental rights that we are given. Hence the government must consider its duty of protecting these soldiers of democracy as its moral duty. Unlike many democracies Government of India at all levels(State, Centre)has always considered Media as their enemies .It is important to know that they all are brothers as well as warriors of our nation who ensure law , order and justice in the country.
I am not demanding any VIP like treatment or Z+ security for journalists but seriousness enough to catch those who harm them and as well as imparting the punishment harsh enough to prevent any such happening in the future. It our duty not to tolerate any such activity and pressurize government to take required steps without any leniency.icle
I hope my article serves the purpose.