Gauri Lankesh Killed for Projecting Secular Ideals, Says Pinarayi

Kozhikode: Renowned journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead in Bengaluru recently, had paid the price for adopting a bold stand stressing on secular credentials of the nation, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today said.

Inaugurating third anniversary celebrations of Malayalam newspaper Suprabhatham here, he said it appeared that the ”guns” that claimed the lives of activists Kalburgi and Govind Pansare were behind her killings too.

Stating that 40 journalists had been killed in the country since 1992, he said the ”forces of darkness” who cannot subscribe to secular credentials were attempting to take on ideologies with weapons. “These forces were also threatening those people, who adopted progressive ideologies.”

On Rohingya refugees issue, he said a section of media had taken stand favouring them without analyzing the facts.

Reminding media of their social responsibilities, he said they lost credibility while reporting without verifying facts in a competitive era.

Senior Congress leader M.K. Raghavan, MP, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) national General Secretary P.K. Kunhalikutty, MP, former State Minister and IUML leader Dr M.K. Muneer, MLA, Hamidali Shihab Thangal and M.T. Abdulla Musaliyar, among others, were present at the function. Suprabhatham Chairman Muhammed Jifri Muthukkoya Thangal presided over the function.

IUML State President Panakkad Syed Hyderali Shihab Thangal released Kottumala Bapu Musaliyar ‘smaranika’ at the function.