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Journalist murdered in Jharkhand, CM Raghubar Das condemns incident

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PATNA: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a journalist in Jharkhand late last night—the latest in a series of cold-blooded killings indicating how the pen-pushers remain the soft targets of unwanted elements in India.

The shocking incident took place in Chatra district of Jharkand late Friday night.

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Reports said the victim—whom some identify as Indradeo Yadav and some as Akhilesh Pratap Singh—was returning home on his bike after work when the criminals sprayed bullets on him, killing him on the spot.

The reason behind his killing is not known. The victim was working for a local TV News channel.

Chief Minister Raghubar Das condemned the incident and asked the DGP DK Pandey to arrest the culprits soon.

Journalists remain the soft targets of attacks across the globe.

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According to a latest report of “Reporters Without Border”, the media watchdog, a total of 110 journalists were killed in 2015 while doing their work for unclear reasons with India figuring among three top dangerous countries for journalists.

As per the report, as many as nine journalists lost their lives last year while discharging their duty in India, pushing it ahead of both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

According to another report complied by the “Committee to Protect Journalists”, a total of 38 journalists have been killed in India since 1992.

Of the total victims, 47 percent were covering politics and 37 percent corruption whereas the rest covered beats like, crime, culture, business and human rights.

Besides India, the eight other countries where the most journalists were killed are Iraq (11), Syria (10), France (8), Yemen (8), Mexico (8), South Sudan (7), the Philippines (7) and Honduras (7), as per the report of the “Reporters Without Border” released in December 2015.

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