22-year-old journalist and RTI activist Buddhinath Jha, alias Avinash Jha, was found dead in Madhubani district of Bihar on November 12. Afghan television news presenter Hamid Saighani was killed in an explosion that rocked Kabul city on November 13
Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the global media safety and rights body, condoles the sad demise of two young journalists in India and Afghanistan within 24 hours and urges the concerned authorities to probe the developments that led to their untimely deaths, and subsequently to book the perpetrators to justice.
It may be mentioned that 22-year-old journalist and RTI activist named Buddhinath Jha, alias Avinash Jha, was found dead in Madhubani district of Bihar in eastern India. Buddhinath used to report on many fake medical clinics operating in his locality and some of those were also closed by the authority.
Suddenly, he went missing four days back and later his charred body was found by a roadside on November 12. The Benipatti-based family claimed that Buddhinath was offered a lot of money (as bribes) by some illegal healthcare clinic owners, but he did not respond to them. Later he received a number of threatening calls from unknown persons.
“It is frustrating that a young scribe has to lose his life for exposing the fake clinics, which are otherwise killing innocent people with incompetent medical interventions. It seems, those criminals are more organised to offer bribes as well as threats. The Bihar State government must ensure an authentic probe into his death and punish the culprits,” said Blaise Lempen, secretary-general of PEC (https://pressemblem.ch/).
Meanwhile, an Afghan television news presenter named Hamid Saighani was killed in an explosion that rocked Kabul city on November 13. The young scribe used to work for Khurahid and Aryana News. Hamid’s wife, also a journalist, Fawzia Wahdat confirmed the heart-breaking news. He is the 12th journalist (including Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui) to be killed in the war-torn Afghanistan since the beginning of 2021.
Prior to Buddhinath, India lost five journalists namely Ashu Yadav, Sulabh Srivastava, Ch. Keshav, Manish Kumar Singh and Raman Kashyap to assailants this year, said PEC’s south Asia representative Nava Thakuria, adding that India’s two neighbours Pakistan and Bangladesh reported seven and two casualties of media workers respectively, where Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Myanmar have not reported any incident of journo-murder.