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Hyderabad: Noted journalists on Saturday paid tribute to Gauri Lankesh, the editor of Karnataka-based newspaper, who was killed by unknown assailants in Bengaluru. During a discussion organised at Lamakaan on,  Devulapalli Amar, secretary general, Indian Union of Journalists, who was one of the speakers, felt that the 'politically-affiliated media' operating under the guise of independent media was a greater threat to the freedom of expression and freedom of the Press.

He called upon the journalists and their organisations to put up a united fight against forces bent upon stifling the dissent.  More than 110 journalists were killed in the country in last 25 years. Unfortunately, 90 per cent of the cases are still pending before the courts or buried under the labyrinth of police files. “We have been campaigning for special law for the safety of journalists for last one decade,” he added.

Ch Sushil Rao, Senior Assistant Editor, Times of India (Hyderabad), Nikhila Henry, journalist and writer and others also spoke. The programme was organised by Fasiullah S M, Editor, Hyderabad Youth Mirror.