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Protesters decry journalist murder

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Indian activists take part in a protest rally against the killing of Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh at the India Gate memorial. AFP

BENGALURU (Reuters) – Indian journalists and rights activists protested yesterday against the murder of an outspoken publisher of a tabloid amid growing concerns about press freedom at a time of rising nationalism and intolerance of dissent. Gauri Lankesh, 55, the editor and publisher of the Gauri Lankesh Patrike newspaper, was shot dead on Tuesday by unidentified assailants near her home in of Bengaluru. She had parked her car outside her gate and was walking to the entrance of her home when the attackers fired at least seven rounds, killing her, police said. The motive was not known. Lankesh was a fierce advocate of secularism and opposed hardline Hindu groups associated with Prime Narendra Modi’s right-wing, nationalist ruling party.

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