Should India stop producing journalists? Certainly yes, if considered the gloomy aspects of journalism. Raise your voice and your voice is gagged to death. Spill your ink of justice and a dagger of corruption would stab you to bleeding death. Unfortunate, yes, very unfortunate is the scenario of candid journalists in India.
To quantify the detestable loss of journalists, 36 journalists in last ten years, as per International Press Institute, lost their voices forever into ashes. Reasons are uncertain, although most of the claimed deaths are work related. 11 deaths stood in the year 2013 and nine in 2015, tagging India as the third dangerous country of the world, embarrassingly ahead of Pakistan and Afghanistan as well.
Taking into account the article’s length, to enlist all the innocent victims is not feasible and so I would restrict myself to the latest two voices which were corruptibly throttled to death in the nearly-begun 2016 itself. Local news channel reporter Akhilesh Pratap Singh from Jharkhand Chatra district and Bihar’s Rajdev Ranjan, the bureau chief of the Hindi daily, Hindustan, were shot dead.
India simply can’t fit in the worst of my derogatory sentences against it. For, it’s position after Syria and Iraq in the list of dangerous countries make it all explicit.
Shame on India’s impudence towards its courageous journalists! The days is not far when pursuit of journalism would meet its death.
By Prerna Daga