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Journalists Killed in 1998 - Motive Confirmed: Tara Singh Hayer

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 1999
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Indo-Canadian Times
November 18, 1998, in Vancouver, Canada

Hayer, publisher of Indo-Canadian Times, Canada's largest and oldest Punjabi weekly, was shot dead in the garage of his home in Vancouver, British Columbia. An outspoken critic of Sikh fundamentalist violence both in Canada and India, Hayer had been partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair after an assassination attempt in 1988. Police have linked the man convicted in that attack to the International Sikh Youth Federation and Babbar Khalsa, two militant international organizations working for an independent Sikh homeland in India. CPJ urged Canadian prime minister Jean Chrétien to ensure that Hayerís murder is aggressively investigated and wrote to Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee asking him to cooperate fully with the investigation.

Beats Covered:Politics
Local or Foreign:Foreign
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Political Group
Taken Captive:No


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