Various journalists in the city say it is common to get threat calls or messages. Death threats and rape threats have become quite common.
‘I did a story on the bullet train project and how the government is finding ways among loopholes for this project. For this article, I personally received threat messages like kabhi bahar aajao, dekh lenge. Rape threats are so natural. As a result, we have removed a lot of personal details from our social media accounts.’ says Poorbita Bagchi senior sub-editor at The Logical Indian.
Kartik .K who is a reporter with Republic TV, Bangalore says that such cases occur frequently during elections. He also added that a number of such cases are not reported.
A 2018 report by Committee to Protect Journalists lists India as the 14th worst country when it comes to the prosecution of those who murder journalists. The report by Committee to Protect Journalists also mentions that India has not replied to UNESCO on the status of murder cases. Organizations say they follow a protocol in such situations.
‘It does happen especially for crime reporters. We first go through the message. Then we inform the police. If required, we file a case. Secondly, we ask reporters to be careful.’ says B.S Arun, Deputy Editor at the Deccan Herald.
Gauri Lankesh’s sister, Kavitha Lankesh says today journalism seems to be a dangerous profession to be in.