"This is not a token effort, this is just the first step," said senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai. "In the name of the Mahatma, this violence has to stop; both physical and mental."
Similar protests were staged in over 20 state capitals around the country, by the state Press Clubs.
Members of the media held hands to form a human chain and walked around the Press Club of India, holding signs that read "Protect press freedom, Save democracy!" and "Trolling journalists is intimidation; not an exercise of freedom of expression but an attack on it!"
Since then, several reporters across Delhi-NCR have complained of receiving anonymous threats of violence over WhatsApp. The messages state that anyone critical of the Narendra Modi government or the RSS will "meet the same fate" as Ms Lankesh.
India is one of 13 countries that feature on the Global Impunity Index, a list of countries where the killers of journalists go free, compiled by the international non-profit organization Committee to Protect Journalists. According to another international non-profit, Reporters Without Borders, India ranks 136 out of 180 countries in this year's World Press Freedom Index.