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Veteran journalist C R Irani passes away

Kolkata, July 23: C R Irani, Editor-in-Chief of The Statesman and a champion of press freedom, died at a city hospital today following multiple organ failure.

Kolkata, July 23: C R Irani, Editor-in-Chief of The Statesman and a champion of press freedom, died at a city hospital today following multiple organ failure.

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  • 75-year-old Irani, who is survived by wife and three
    daughters, was admitted to R N Tagore International Institute
    of Cardiac Sciences on July five with complaints of acute
    respiratory trouble.

    He died this afternoon following multi-organ failure,
    doctors attending on him said.

    A chronic kidney patient, Irani developed serious renal
    problem within a few days of admission in the hospital.

    Irani`s body would be brought to `The Statesman House`
    tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. Where it would be kept for public
    veneration till 12:30 p.m. Before performing the last rites.

    Irani was twice chairman of the Press Trust of India. He
    was a member of the PTI Board till the time of his death.

    Paying tribute to him, PTI chairman Philip Mathew said
    Irani`s contribution to the growth was immense.

    "I worked closely with Mr Irani in the International
    Press Institute where his remarkable commitment to press
    freedom was lauded," Mathew said.

    Sources close to Irani said that he was in good health
    till last month, but he developed complications immediately
    his return from England trip.

    Irani: A champion for press freedom

    A relentless champion of freedom of
    the press, C R Irani, who died here today, will be best
    remembered for defying the government during the emergency in
    the mid-1970s.

    The Statesman, of which he was the Managing Director and
    the Editor-in-Chief, was among the handful of newspapers that
    did not obey orders of the censors during the emergency. The
    paper left blank spaces in the space meant for news items and
    photos that were censored.

    Born in 1930, Cushrow Russy Irani not only guided The
    Statesman for many years but was also the chairman of Press
    Trust of India (PTI) for two terms. He was a member of PTI
    Board for 20 years till the time of his death.

    Irani also held several other important posts during his
    chequered career and was the first Indian to be the chairman
    of the International Press Institute in 1980 and 1981 and was
    again re-elected in 1990.

    Irani was also the vice-president of the World Press
    Freedom Committee, the apex body of press freedom
    organisations all over the world and a member of Unesco`s
    advisory group on press freedom. He was on the board of the
    International Press Institute (IPI).

    Known for his tough stand against corruption in public
    places, Irani was also the recipient of a number of national
    and international awards including the "Knight Commander of
    the Order of Isabella Catholica" by the King of Spain for
    highest loyalty to democracy in 1983.

    He was a prolific writer and apart from authoring a
    number of books on current issues he used to regularly write
    his personal column `Caveat` despite his poor health in recent

    He had also written books like, `Pax America-The War That
    Lost Iraq Its Freedom`, `Ayodhya- Demolishing A Dream` and
    `Bengal-The Communist Challenge.`

    Irani was also a member of the National Commission to
    Review the Indian Constitution.

    He was educated in Mumbai, where he was born and London.

    Bureau Report