Journalist George Joseph dies

Last Updated: Monday, February 27, 2012 - 21:37

New Delhi: Senior journalist George Joseph, who shot to fame in early 1990s for his reporting on militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir, died here on Monday morning following a heart attack.
He is survived by his journalist wife Aasha Khosa and a daughter. He suffered a heart attack yesterday at his home and was rushed to a nearby hospital in Noida where he breathed his
last in the wee hours.

Working as a coordinating editor with IANS, 58-year-old Joseph was posted to Kashmir in early 1990 with the Indian Express and he became an eye-sore for terror groups especially
Hizbul Mujahideen because of his writings.

Threats were issued by Hizbul Mujahideen asking him to leave the Valley during that period but he continued to stay on. Later he moved to BiTV and then to Free Press Journal and
south-based media.

He began his career in 1980 with National Herald before moving to Times of India. He also worked for Malayalam TV channel Jeevan TV. His body will be flown to Kerala for the last rites tomorrow.

Union minister Farooq Abdullah condoled his death. A condolence meeting was also held here in Kerala House where CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat, CPI National Secretary
D Raja, Kerala Ministers M K Muneer and P J Joseph and journalists from various newspapers. Chairman of hardline Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani also attended the condolence meeting.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 27, 2012 - 20:01

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