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Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders on Monday said that it was appalled by the murder of freelance journalist and Right to Information activist Buddhinath Jha last week. It urged authorities to identify the culprits and bring them to justice.

The charred body of the journalist, also known as Avinash Jha, was found beside a highway in Bihar’s Madhubani district on November 12. His family alleged that he had been kidnapped four days ago. His brother Chandrashekhar Jha filed a missing complaint with the police, which was later converted into a murder case.

In an investigative report, Jha had revealed the names of fake clinics in the district. The report had led to the closure of some of the unauthorised clinics and the authorities imposed a fine on a few others.

Reporters Without Borders, also known as RSF, noted that two days before Jha disappeared, he had identified many such illegal clinics in a Facebook post.

Daniel Bastard, the head of the Asia-Pacific Desk at the organisation, said that Jha’s death was all the more shocking because he “clearly paid for his work and journalistic integrity with his life”.

“We call on Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar to order an independent investigation that sheds all possible light on this appalling murder and identifies the instigators,”…

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