Journalist`s murder: Maha CM says no to CBI probe Security to journalist and quick probe among demands of journos


MUMBAI, Jun 13 (MIC): Mediapersons today staged a sit-in at the Mantralay premises here to protest the rejection of the demand for a CBI probe into the murder of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey.

“The 15-member delegation of journalists which met the Maharashtra Chief Minister demanded a CBI enquiry, but the demand was rejected,” Television Journalists` Association general secretary Prasad Kathe said.

The 56-year-old investigative journalist, who worked as Editor (Special Investigation) in Mid-Day, was shot dead by four unidentified persons in suburban Powai on June 11.

“We demanded that an ordinance be passed regarding (proposed) law to prevent attacks on journalists. The Chief Minister said he will put the draft before the cabinet on June 15.

The resignation from Maharashtra home minister R R Patil, and suspension of Mumbai Police commissioner Arup Patnaik were another two demands, which were also rejected,” he said.

New Delhi: The Indian Newspaper Society today stressed on the need to formulate a comprehensive policy to provide security and protection to journalists and media establishments.

INS president Kundan R Vyas expressing grave anguish at the brutal assassination of senior Mid-Day journalist Jyotirmoy Dey in Mumbai on Saturday urged the Maharashtra government to take immediate steps to ensure that the killers of J Dey were brought to justice.

“Incidents of attacks on journalists and media establishments by anti-social elements pose a great threat to free and fair reporting and freedom of press in general,” Vyas said in a statement.

The Indian Newspaper Society deplored the failure of law enforcement agencies in providing security to journalists, who, upholding the values of the Fourth Estate of democracy, engage themselves relentlessly in carrying out their professional duty at great risks to their lives.

Vyas said the Indian print media lost an eminent investigative reporter of high integrity and journalistic ethics.

He conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the family of J Dey and prayed that the Almighty grant them enough strength and courage to bear the irreparable loss.

J Dey, who extensively covered underworld and crime for over two decades, was shot dead in broad daylight by four unidentified bike-borne persons. The assailants pumped five bullets into him from behind in suburban Powai.

New Delhi: The Indian Women`s Press Corps (IWPC) today called for urgent steps to apprehend the killers of Jyotirmoy Dey, special investigations editor of Mumbai-based Mid-Day. Stating that the brutal death of a fellow journalist has shocked the media community across the country, the IWPC in a statement here said Dey was known for his extensive, incisive, bold and fearless reporting on the underworld and organised crime despite threats from those he wrote about. During his years in the profession, he exposed the working of the mafia in sand, timber, real estate and oil business. He had also authored two books on the underworld-Khallas and Zero Dial: The Dangerous World of Informers. Condemning the incident, the IWPC demanded a thorough probe into the murder, urgent steps to book the killers, fast tracking of the trial to punish the guilty and to ensure that such tragic incidents do not recur. It is important that the freedom of the press is protected and the journalistic community is able to function freely and without fear or threat, the statement by president Saroj Nagi and general secretary Ritambhara Shastri said.


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