Unfortunately, the looming prospect of fatality in the line of work is not a phenomenon restricted to the geographic fault-lines in war-torn and conflicted regions. Last week, a renowned Dutch investigative journalist, Peter R de Vries, who is said to be one of the Netherlands’ best-known journalists, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained earlier this month. He was famous for his relentless pursuit of figures in the underworld, as well as bringing to justice sex offenders and kidnappers. Closer home, last month in Pratapgarh, UP, journalist Sulabh Srivastava was found dead after he had filed a police complaint on being threatened due to his reporting on the liquor mafia. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, as many as 53 journalists were killed in Afghanistan between 1992 and 2021. In India, a democracy with a functional law and order mechanism, the statistics are equally disturbing. The number of Indian journalists who were eliminated during the same period is 52.