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Odisha: MUFP delegation met DGP on harassment to media persons by Police


Monday June 09, 2014


"Alleging that Police of Bhuban in Odisha's Dhenkanal district have implicated four local journalists with cooked up cases under grudge and to settle against reporters who exposed the nexus between the police and unsocial elements, a delegate from MUFP met the DGP and appealed to ensure a free press in the State.


HNF Correspondent


In another case of alleged harassment to on-job media persons by Police in Odisha, Bhubaneswar based Media Unity for Freedom of Press intervened to uphold the freedom of expression and ensure free press in the state of Odisha.

Informed about the recent harassment by Police in Bhuban of Odisha’s Dhenkanal district, a delegation of the Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP) comprising its Presidium members Prasanta Patnaik, Subhas Pattanayak and Sampad Mohapatra met the Director General of Police Prakash Mishra on September 28 in his camp office at Bhubaneswar. The team apprised the DGP of misuse of power by the Bhuban police in Dhenkanal to intimidate the press as well as to gag freedom of expression by interfering with media responsibility to investigate into illegalities that includes interviewing suspected miscreants for news purpose.


It’s alleged that journalists have been implicated with cooked up cases as the inspector in charge of Bhuban had a grudge to settle against reporters who exposed the nexus between the police and unsocial elements. Mishra assured the delegates that the matter shall certainly be looked into and freedom of press shall not be allowed to be gagged.

A memorandum that explained the whole story of Bhuban police implicating four local media persons in false case was handed over by MUFP delegation to DGP Mishra. The memorandum was supported with copies of published news items where police inaction in arresting certain miscreants, despite complaints of offences against peace and tranquillity, was brought to public notice. MUFP delegation believed that the Bhubann Police had a grudge to settle against the media persons because of the said reports.

It further said, as said in a release, that MUFP was informed about the case of misappropriation of a large sum of money granted from MPLAD fund for renovation of a local playground by a group of miscreants which the local Press had stumbled upon. And, to pre-empt media exposure, the police implicated the journalists with false cases as part of its attempt to intimidate media persons.

The delegation appealed the DGP to ensure appropriate and fair investigation into the whole matter in order to protect freedom of expression and a free press in the state of Odisha.


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