A strong culture of impunity, enjoyed by the powerful in India, is dismantling the very foundations of a thriving media in the world’s largest democracy.In February this year, the Committee to Protect Journalists asked me to co-author a report on the dangers of being a journalist in India. CPJ is a New York City based non-profit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. Not only do they document the dangerous situations that journalists find themselves in, but assist some scribes financially as well. For the past two decades the organisation tracked journalist killings in India and observed a curious pattern. Since 1992, 27 journalists were murdered with corruption and politics being identified as the two deadliest beats in the country. To investigate why reportage on corruption and politics in India had killed almost the same number of journalists that war reportage in Afghanistan had in the same period, I set out with CPJ’s senior research associate, Sumit Galhotra. The three-week long reporting expedition took us to narrow lanes of Shahjahanpur in volatile eastern Uttar Pradesh and dingy offices of Hindi news dailies in Chhattisgarh. We spoke to a wide range of journalists, editors, media analysts and lawyers on what makes it easy to get away with murder of journalists. We discovered that a strong culture of impunity, enjoyed by the powerful, dismantled the very foundations of a thriving media in the world’s largest democracy. I have tried to summarise our findings and place our work in context in this short article. The full report can be read here.