Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

Muhammad Yasin Malik, the chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, has condemned the killing of senior Kashmiri Journalist and editor in chief of Rising Kashmir Syed Shujaat Bukhari who was shot dead Thursday evening outside his office.

"He (Bukhari) is no more".

Bukhari completed his Masters in Journalism from Ateneo de Manila University in Manila as a fellow of Asian Centre for Journalism, Singapore. Bukhari was slumped over in the the back seat, one of the police bodyguards had a gruesome wound to the head.

According to some media reports, Bukhari was in his vehicle when "terrorists attacked" him leaving him and his PSO injured.

The Himalayan region of Kashmir has been a flashpoint between India and Pakistan for decades. "This is a grave attack on press freedom and democratic voices", the Editors Guild of India added on Twitter.

"I'm anguished to hear about the killing of Shujaat Bukhari, editor of @RisingKashmir". "Such an attempt to suppress the sane voices by terrorists will never succeed", he said in a tweet.

Calling the noted journalist "brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice", Congress president Rahul Gandhi expressed his anguish on the journalist's death.

Bukhari, who had a distinguishable tall frame and husky voice, said in another tweet, "In #Kashmir we have done Journalism with pride and will continue to highlight what happens on ground".

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.

This is the first attack on a journalist in a long time in Kashmir which has been facing severe attacks on civilians and security personnel in the recent past. The attack comes one day before the end of a unilateral halt in military operations against the Kashmiri youth for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. He was a courageous heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

Bukhari, who earlier worked as The Hindu's Kashmir correspondent, was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in the Valley.

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