(input from Manoj Kant Dash)
Eminent journalist Prasanta Patnaik called upon media community to act unitedly for protection of democracy, when the government of the day is failing in its duty in this regard.
Consecrating the evening to the second day of Mahanagar Mahotsav at Ganjam Kala Parisad, Berhampur, on 17 January, the veteran media man came down heavily on the environment of infringement on freedom of Press, the pivot on which democracy gathers its strength.
By subjecting media persons to cooked up cases in order to frighten them away from exposing anti-people activities of administration, democracy is being pushed into doldrums by the very persons that are required to serve and strengthen democracy. This syndrome must be extinguished by use of alert pens and lenses that the media persons are equipped with, he said.
Amongst others who graced the occasion were Ranjan Tripathy, Bhubaneswar Bureau Chief of Kamyab TV / Manojkant Dash, Editor-in-chief of Odishabarta.com / Rabi Rath, Editor of Navin / Siba Prasad Mishra, Advocate / Susant Sabat, social activist / Rajesh Mohan Patnaik, Advocate / Biswanath Patnaik, Secretary of the Mahanagar Mahotsav Committee and Susil Patnaik, Managing Director of Assu India Parivar that sponsors the Mahotsav. Convenor of the Mahotsav, senior Advocate Sudhansu Sekhar Panda was in the chair.
Sri Patnaik was felicitated on behalf of the Mahotsav Committee and Assu India Parivar.