While the resolution was read for approval of journalists present in the
meeting, senior journalist and writer Prasant Patnaik said, ‘this White
Paper will go public to tell how journalists and other media persons are
being targeted by evils, vested interest groups, corporate and political
goons and anti-people, anti-social elements of the society while working
to wipe the mask on their face and bring the issues of people to public.
It would help generating public opinion in favour of journalists and the
media professionals who are highlighting the problems of people and
working to ensure the common man with its fundamental rights and
justice. Once the common public is adequately aware, the Government will
be left with no other option but to take action against the culprits who
attacked media persons and work to provide adequate protection to the
In addition to this, MUFP resolved to organise an exhibition of
photographs relating to attack on the media persons, their protest etc.
and invite the public representatives, intellectuals, students,
different civil society groups and organisations to visit the
exhibitions, see the documents and feel the plight of media persons
under the present regime. Subsequently such exhibitions would be
organised in different districts and sub-divisional head quarters,
national capital, Metro and big cities.
Expressing its concern over the callousness of Orissa state
administration in ensuring safety of the journalists and punishing the
guilty even after Chief Minister’s repeated assurances, MUFP passed a
resolution that, ‘Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP) is deeply
disturbed over total failure of State Administration to implement the
Chief Minister’s repeated assurances for action against framing up media
persons in false cases by the black-sheep in Police as well as physical
attacks on them by the criminals and exploiters in Orissa. It
unanimously holds that the Chief Minister’s inability to enforce his
assurances has been contributing to rise in attacks on Press’.
Terming it as blatant failure of state administration in implementing
the orders of the Chief Minister to investigate into cases of attack on
journalists and take action against the culprit, MUFP declared in the
meeting to bring out a white paper on attack on Press and hold
exhibition of pictures of the attacks and the victims at public places
in different parts of the State as democracy and journalistic ethics
entail. ‘Believing that the common public is the virtual master of
democracy, MUFP planned to initiate such drives to wake up the public to
the alarming situation’ said another senior Journalist and an initiator
of MUFP Subhas Chandra Patnaik.
In the meeting MUFP raised its demand for immediate arrest of culprits
involved in the attack on Kanak TV journalist Akhand and quick recovery
of Mr Balaram Mohanty's camera which was snatched away during the brutal
attack on media persons inside the Silicon Institute of Technology. MUFP
once again urged the Commissioner of Police (Bhubaneswar-Cuttack) to
honour his promises to the MUFP delegation in this regard.
Expressing deep shock over the recent organized brutal attack on Sri
Suryamani Mishra of daily oriya newspaper Khabara by a group of
miscreants, MUFP demanded immediate initiation of penal action against
the culprits and stringent actions against attackers on journalists in
Jajpur, Kendrapara, Nayagarh and other places in the State.
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