Media personnel in Kerala on Wednesday took out a march and raised slogans, condemning the killing of veteran journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru.
The 55-year-old Kannada journalist-activist, known for her left-leaning outlook and forthright views against Hindutva politics, was shot dead by unidentified assailants at her residence on Wednesday night.
Holding placards, the journalists took out a march in Thiruvananthapuram, stating that Gauri's killing was an an attack on press freedom. The mediapersons also demanded the arrest of the guilty as early as possible.
The protest march was organised by the Kerala Union of Working Journalists and the Press Club in Thiruvananthapuram. At the Press Club, journalists paid floral tributes in front of the portrait of the veteran journalist and lit candles. A condolence meeting has also organised for later.
Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has expressed shock over the killing of Gauri. Pinarayi said the "shocking incident" has taken place at a time when progressive secular thoughts were getting strengthened in Karnataka.
Gauri, in her 50s, had ample faith in secularism and was a fearless mediaperson, the CM said, adding that she was killed in a manner similar to that of MM Kalburgi. Pinarayi said he also hoped that those behind the killing would be brought to book as early as possible by the Karnataka government.
An outspoken critic of Hindutva politics, Gauri was the editor of Lankesh Patrike, a Kannada weekly tabloid that projected itself as an anti-establishment publication, besides owning some other publications.