Press Statement

Alert: Journalist killed in India after police fail to investigate threats

27 Jul, 2020

Sunil Tiwari, 39, who worked with Nai Duniya newspaper was killed in Madhya Pradesh’s Niwari district on July 22. A video uploaded on Facebook by Sunil on May 25 appealed to Niwari police for assistance. In the video, Sunil stated he has been receiving death threats for exposing the “illegal activities” of Avdhesh Tiwari, Narendra Tiwari and Anil Tiwari.

Last week, another journalist Vikram Joshi passed away in hospital on July 20 in Uttar Pradesh after police failed to investigate Vikram’s complaint with police about the sexual assault of a family member. Vikram was shot two days earlier as a “revenge attack” for filing the complaint. Police have arrested nine men in connection with the attack, including the men mentioned in Vikram’s police complaint.

The IFJ is currently investigating the murder of Sunil Tiwari.

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