Media Unity for Freedom of Press ( MUFP) has thanked and congratulated the people of Anugul, as well as local leaders and organisations for expressing unprecedented solidarity with the mediapersons and observing “total bandh ” in Angul on 10th May, as a mark of their protest against brutal attack by C.I.S.F. Jawans on ETV reporter Mr. Jagadanand Pradhan when he was doing his duty.
They have set a great example of media-civil society unity that has steeled our resolve to fight all attempts at gagging the media with all our might, the MUFP statement has said.
The MUFP once again expressed its grave concern over the callousness of the Government machinery in arresting the assaulters and bringing them to the book and has said the media persons would no longer remain silent over such attacks and would be forced to react in a democratic manner to compel the Government to act against the attackers and ensure exemplary punishment to them.
The MUFP also appealed to the media fraternity all over to express solidarity with the media persons and civil societies of Anugul and elsewhere in the state so as to ensure that the state government/administration would not sleep over such important matter and act without further delay.
Thank you Angul and congratulations to fellow media persons for earning such overwhelming support of the public through good and pro-people reporting, the MUFP has stated.