Tuesday 21 November 2017

'Fearless' Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead outside of her home

A security guard walks past a placard installed at the Press Club of Kolkata in solidarity with Gauri Lankesh, a senior Indian journalist who according to police was shot dead outside her home on Tuesday by unidentified assailants in southern city of Bengaluru, in Kolkata, India September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
A security guard walks past a placard installed at the Press Club of Kolkata in solidarity with Gauri Lankesh, a senior Indian journalist who according to police was shot dead outside her home on Tuesday by unidentified assailants in southern city of Bengaluru, in Kolkata, India September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
A protester displays a placard during a protest rally against the killing of Gauri Lankesh, an Indian journalist, in New Delhi, India, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
People place garlands around the casket containing the body of Gauri Lankesh, a senior Indian journalist who according to police was shot dead outside her home on Tuesday by unidentified assailants, at Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bengaluru, India, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Nivedita Bhattacharjee
Journalists and social activists hold placards and posters as they attend a protest against the killing of Gauri Lankesh, a senior Indian journalist who according to police was shot dead outside her home on Tuesday by unidentified assailants in southern city of Bengaluru, in Ahmedabad REUTERS/Amit Dave NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
A journalist holds a candle during a vigil for Gauri Lankesh, a senior Indian journalist who according to police was shot dead outside her home on Tuesday by unidentified assailants in southern city of Bengaluru, in Kolkata, India September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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A senior Indian journalist was shot dead on Tuesday in the southern city of Bengaluru by unidentified assailants, police said.

The body of Gauri Lankesh, the editor of Indian weekly newspaper Lankesh Patrike, was found lying in a pool of blood outside her home.

"People in front of her house heard gunshots," the city's Police commissioner, T. Suneel Kumar, told reporters. "We found four empty cartridges from the scene."

Lankesh was known as a fearless and outspoken journalist. She was a staunch critic of right-wing political ideology.

Last year, she was convicted of criminal defamation for one of her articles.

While the motivation for the killing was not immediately clear, political leaders, journalists and activists took to Twitter to express their outrage and denounce intolerance and any threat to free speech.

A protester holds a placard during a protest rally against the killing of Gauri Lankesh, an Indian journalist, in New Delhi, India, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A protester holds a placard during a protest rally against the killing of Gauri Lankesh, an Indian journalist, in New Delhi, India, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A man touches the casket containing the body of Gauri Lankesh, a senior Indian journalist who according to police was shot dead outside her home on Tuesday by unidentified assailants, at Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bengaluru, India, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Nivedita Bhattacharjee
Placards are placed in front of a state of Mahatma Gandhi during a protest against the killing of Gauri Lankesh, a senior Indian journalist who according to police was shot dead outside her home on Tuesday by unidentified assailants in southern city of Bengaluru, in Ahmedabad, India, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave

According to local police sources, Ms Lankesh was shot at by unidentified attackers at around 8pm local time on her walk home after parking her car.

Karnataka state's chief minister Siddaramaiah called it an "assassination on democracy".

In a statement, The Editors Guild of India described Lankesh as a "known critic of the central government who fearlessly expressed her views".

Reuters

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