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Shujaat Bukhari, renowned Kashmiri journalist, was shot dead in attack outside his office in Srinagar. Shujaat Bukhari was Editor-in-chief of Kashmiri publication Rising Kashmir. He was recipient of World Press Institute (WPI) USA fellowship & Asian Centre for Journalism Singapore fellowship.

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Who Was Shujaat Bukhari?

  • Shujaat Bukhari was Srinagar-based scribe considered an expert on situation in Valley, having written columns for some of most prestigious news organisations in world.

  • Editor-in-Chief of Rising Kashmir, Srinagar-based local daily newspaper. He was earlier Bureau Chief of The Hindu.

  • Bukhari had done Masters in Journalism from Ateneo de Manila University, Manila as fellow of Asian Centre for Journalism, Singapore.

  • Bukhari was fellow at East West Centre at Hawaii, USA.

  • Shujaat survived three assassination attempts in past and was under police protection since attack on him in 2000.

  • His paper, Rising Kashmir, was subjected to govt. censorship on multiple occasions.

  • He was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in Kashmir valley and had been part of India’s delegation for Track II (talks that happen outside of official government authorities) process with Pakistan. The talks had happened in Dubai in 2017.

  • He was president of Adbee Markaz Kamraz, biggest & oldest cultural & literary organization of Valley.

  • In 2006, as Bukhari left his office (then The Indian Express) in Srinagar, he was abducted by 2 men who drove him several kms away from city. However, when one of them tried to shoot the journalist, gun jammed & Bukhari managed to escape.

  • Bukhari later told Reporters W/O Borders that instigators & perpetrators of this kind of attack are rarely caught in Kashmir.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 19, 2018

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