UN official condemns murder of Indian journalist

A top UN official has condemned the murder of Indian journalist Chandrika Rai, calling for a thorough probe to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Updated: Feb 29, 2012, 12:15 PM IST

United Nations: A top UN official has
condemned the murder of Indian journalist Chandrika Rai,
calling for a thorough probe to bring the perpetrators of the
"shocking crime" to justice.

Director-General of the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Irina Bokova,
said authorities in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, where
Rai had lived and worked, must ensure the murder is
investigated.

Rai is the 8th journalist killed in India since 2008 to be
listed on UNESCO`s dedicated webpage, `UNESCO Remembers
Assassinated Journalists.
"I condemn the murder of investigative journalist
Chandrika Rai and his family," Bokova said in a statement.

"It is essential for the preservation of freedom of
expression and press freedom that the authorities in Madhya
Pradesh make all efforts to investigate this matter and that
the perpetrators of this shocking crime be brought to
justice," Bokova said.

Rai was found dead with his wife and two children
in their home in Madhya Pradesh on February 18.

A freelance journalist, Rai, 43, regularly published
articles in newspapers in the state capital Bhopal.
He had recently exposed illegalities in coal trade in
the region, according to the International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ).

In 2011, UNESCO and IFJ provided training in conflict and
human rights reporting to 60 journalists in Chhattisgarh,
Orissa and Jharkhand states.

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