No Country For Young Journalists
As thousands of voices screaming “I am Gauri, we are Gauri” echoed in the streets of Bengaluru on Tuesday, the message was clear – attacks on voices of dissent will not be tolerated, and the fight left behind by slain journalist Gauri Lankesh will go forward.
The ‘I Am Gauri’ campaign insisted that Tuesday’s rally was not a condolence meet, but a show of strength. The release of the special edition of Gauri Lankesh Patrike affirmed that promise.
However, for the young women journalists entering the profession, Lankesh’s death comes as a setback. The brazenness of the attack has raised questions in their mind about safety.
The worst part, as one student pointed out, is that Lankesh lost her life doing what she was meant to do.
The most pressing concern was that through these attacks, the watchdogs of democracy are being intimidated, and their freedom of speech and expression curbed.
The students also felt that they could not write or say anything without the fear of being harassed for it.
Her murder, according to the journalism students, not only let down every parent who took a leap of faith to send their child out to report, but also the country that claims to be a tolerant, secular democracy.
As the energy of the crowd rubbed off on the students, even they became part of the movement to save the ideology their idol Lankesh stood for.
Video Editor: Sandeep Suman
Video Producer: Anmol Saini