37 journalists have been killed in India since 1992

India has seen 37 journalists die in the line of duty since 1992, a 2015 report released by the Committee to Protect Journalists has revealed. The country stood ninth among the top ten deadliest countries for journalists.

In most cases, the journalists were murdered in connection with their reporting on crime and politics. Others were killed while reporting in strife-torn regions of the country such as Kashmir and Assam.

Political groups have been the alleged murderers of journalists the most number of times in India - killing 20 journalists. They have shot the scribes dead, planted car bombs, or assaulted them with weapons.

Who has killed journalists in India?

The reporters have lost their lives the most in northern Jammu & Kashmir while covering the separatist movement in the conflict-torn state. Ten journalists have been killed in the state.

The southern state of Andhra Pradesh has been the second-most dangerous state for journalists in India, with six deaths in total.

Uttar Pradesh, another state in the northwestern part of the country, is third on this list. The state has always had law and order problems.

Most dangerous states for the press in India

The map below shows all the deaths, their reason, and the alleged killers. You can click on the dots to read the detailed story.

Name Date Organization Beat Alleged killer Place State
Ram Singh Biling 1/3/92 Azdi Awaz, Daily Ajit Politics, corruption, human rights Police/government Jalandhar Punjab
M L Manchanda 5/18/92 All India Radio Politics Political group Patiala Punjab
Bhola Nath Masoom 1/31/93 Hind Samachar Business, culture, politics Political group Rajpura Punjab
Dinesh Pathak 5/22/93 Sandesh Corruption, politics Political group Baroda Gujarat
Ghulam Mohammed Lone 8/29/94 Freelancer Human rights, politics Political group Kangan Jammu and Kashmir
Mushtaq Ali 9/10/95 AFP, ANI NA Unknown Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
Ghulam Rasool Sheikh 4/10/96 Rehnuma-e-Kashmir, Saffron Times Human rights Paramilitary group Jammu and Kashmir Jammu and Kashmir
Parag Kumar Das 5/17/96 Asomiya Pratidin Human rights Political group Guwahati Assam
Altaf Ahmed Faktoo 1/1/97 Doordarshan Politics Political group Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
Saidan Shafi 3/16/97 Doordarshan Politics Political group Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
P Srinivas Rao 11/19/97 ETV Business, culture Political group Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh
Jagadish Babu 11/19/97 ETV Business, culture Political group Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh
G Raja Sekhar 11/19/97 ETV Business, culture Political group Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh
S Krishna 11/19/97 ETV Business, culture Political group Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh
S Gangadhar Raju 11/19/97 ETV Business, culture Political group Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh
Pradeep Bhatia 8/10/00 Hindustan Times War Political group Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
Moolchand Yadav 7/30/01 Freelancer Business, corruption Criminal group Jhansi Uttar Pradesh
Ram Chander Chaterpatti 11/21/02 Poora Sach Crime Political group Sirsa Haryana
Parvaz Mohammed Sultan 1/31/03 News and Feature Alliance Politics Unknown Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
Veeraboina Yadagiri 2/21/04 Andhra Prabha Corruption, crime Criminal group Medak Telangana
Asiya Jeelani 4/20/04 Freelancer Human rights Political group Jammu and Kashmir
Prahlad Goala 6/1/06 Asomiya Khabar Corruption Government Golaghat Assam
Mohammed Muslimuddin 4/1/08 Asomiya Pratidin Crime Political group Barpukhuri Assam
Ashok Sodhi 5/11/08 Daily Excelsior NA Political group Samba Jammu and Kashmir
Javed Ahmed Mir 8/13/08 Channel 9 Politics Paramilitary group Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
Vikas Ranjan 11/25/08 Hindustan Corruption Political group Rosera Bihar
Vijay Pratap Singh 7/20/10 Indian Express Business, politics Political group Allahabad Uttar Pradesh
Umesh Rajput 1/23/11 Nai Dunia Crime Criminal group Chhura Chhattisgarh
Rajesh Mishra 1/3/12 Media Raj Corruption Criminal group Rewa Madhya Pradesh
Dwijamani Singh 12/23/12 Prime News Politics Government Imphal Manipur
Narendra Dabholkar 8/20/13 Sadhana Culture, politics Unknown Pune Maharashtra
Rakesh Sharma 8/23/13 Aaj Crime Criminal group Etawaha Uttar Pradesh
Rajesh Verma 9/7/13 IBN7 Crime, politics Unknown Muzaffarnagar Uttar Pradesh
Sai Reddy 12/6/13 Deshbandhu Corruption, culture, politics Political group Basaguda Chhattisgarh
Tarun Kumar Acharya 5/27/14 Kanak TV, Sambad Corruption, crime, human rights Local residents Khallikote Odisha
MVN Shankar 11/26/14 Andhra Prabha Corruption Criminal group Chilakaluripet Andhra Pradesh
Jagendra Singh 6/8/15 Uttar Pradesh Politics Government Shahjahanpur Uttar Pradesh

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

Disclaimer: Locations are not exact since there is no record of exact latitudes and longitudes. Geocoding is according to the names of towns and villages in the data.