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India: Senior Crime Reporter Shot Dead in Mumbai

This afternoon,  veteran crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at point-blank range at Powai, Mumbai. A senior journalist, Mr. Dey was Investigative Editor with Mid-Day, a leading tabloid in Mumbai.

His murder has shocked and outraged people, especially the journalist/media fraternity. Reactions poured out in meanstream media as well as on social networking sites.

Some reactions from Twitter:

@suhelseth: Shocking that in a city like Mumbai, in broad day-light, an innocent hard-working journalist loses his life for doing his job. Sad.
@HafeezChachar: Shocked to hear the death of J Dey, famously known as ‘Commander J’ among Mumbai journalists.

Screenshot from the Mid Day

@KanchanGupta: Dey's murder a chilling reminder of clout of mafia and mobsters. Journalists across the country should protest. Sad day for media.
@suchetadalal: J Dey covered crime,,,hard to believe that police have no info from snitches or underworld so many hours later. & had no advance warning ??
@jiteshpillaai: A silent prayer to the brave soldier j dey. To someone who believed in real journalism. Who believed in a cause. And lived for the truth
@Minissha_Lamba: I'm still in shock over the murder of reporter J Dey in broad daylight. Justice needs to be hard, swift n decisive.

Youth Ki Awaaz pointed out that Dey was one of the few daring investigative journalists in the country and wrote:

Since 1992, India has seen the killing of around 28 investigative journalists, out of which 14 have been from Mumbai. Journalism has been a pillar of trust in India. India has seen very less few daring investigative journalists.

The industry stands at loss and shock. We believe that journalism will not bow down to goons and mafia that stops voices like that of J Dey. His murder is an attack on the freedom of press.

We respect his courage and offer our condolences to his family and loved ones.

It is being said that the Mumbai underworld – possibly the quarrying/oil mafia is behind his murder. The Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Manmohan Singh has condemned the murder, saying that it was “shocking” and “unacceptable”.

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