By Reporters Without Borders
The press community in India has once again been hit by violent death.
Reporter Navin Gupta was shot five times by three men on a motorcycle near the city of Kanpur, in the north of the country. The 35-year-old man, who worked for the Hindustan daily, died en route to hospital, leaving behind a wife and four-year-old daughter.
His name comes on top of a list that is getting longer and longer.
Over the last three months, three other journalists have been savagely slaughtered in the middle of the streets in India. Gauri Lankesh was murdered by a group of armed men outside her home after receiving threats about her work on Hindu nationalism and the status of women in India. Shantanu Bhowmick was stabbed and beaten to death while covering violent confrontations between police and political factions. Sudip Datta Bhaunik was shot at point-blank range by a paramilitary security officer. The series of murders has produced a genuine shock wave. The Indian press is in mourning.
Reporters Without Borders is working steadfastly to urge the Indian authorities to take concrete measures to ensure the protection of media professionals.