PEC condoles demise of Odisha scribe Rohit Biswal in blast

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PEC condoles demise of Odisha scribe Rohit Biswal in blast

Geneva: Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the global media safety and rights body, mourns the demise of a promising Indian scribe in a
landmine blast, planted by left-wing rebels in Kalahandi locality of Odisha province. A native of Mohangiri village under Madanpur Rampur
area, Rohit Kumar Biswal (40) stepped on the mine on 5 February 2022 and died on the spot.

Rohit used to work for an Oriya daily (Dharitri) and he went to report about the posters of ultra-left extremists (belonging to outlawed
Communist Party of India-Maoist), which were put on trees near to Karlakhunta bridge asking the people to boycott the forthcoming local
(Panchayat) elections scheduled for different phases in 16-24 February next.
Odisha government chief Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over Rohit’s death and announced Indian rupees 1.3 million compensation to the
bereaved family. Asserting that there is no place of violence in democracy, Patnaik assured that the government would take necessary
actions against the perpetrators under the law.

“We express profound grief over the demise of Rohit Kumar Biswal, who died in the line of duty as a reporter. After 12 journo-casualties in
January, where Mexico was at the top with the murder of four scribes, followed by Pakistan, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Myanmar,  Honduras and
Philippines, India has added one more in the beginning of this year’s second month,” said Blaise Lempen, PEC secretary-general
(www.pressemblem.ch).
The bygone year witnessed the killing of 79 media employees by assailants in 29 countries, where Afghanistan came out as the most
dangerous country for journalists with 12 casualties, followed by Mexico (10 dead), Pakistan (7), India (6), the Philippines, Yemen (4
each), Democratic Republic of Congo (3), Myanmar, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Burkina-Faso, Turkey (2 each), etc. India earlier lost Buddhinath Avinash Jha (a journalist cum Right to Information  activist) from Bihar on 12 November, informed Nava Thakuria, PEC’s India representative, adding that the populous country earlier lost media workers namely Ashu Yadav, Sulabh Srivastava, Ch. Keshav, Manish Kumar Singh and Raman Kashyap to assailants in 2021.

Moreover, Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was killed in Afghanistan by Taliban forces last year.

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Antara Tripathy M.Sc., B.Ed. by qualification and bring 15 years of media reporting experience.. Coverred many illustarted events like, G20, ICC,MCCI,British High Commission, Bangladesh etc. She took over from the founder Editor of IBG NEWS Suman Munshi (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018 and October 2020 to 13 June 2023).
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