While covering Suna Vesha of Lord Sri Jagannath at Puri, Srikanta
Sahoo, ETV News Reporter has been subjected to violence of OASP
personnel inside the temple on Nov 21,2010. He was not only haughtily
keelhauled, his Press ID Card was snatched and thrown by the OASP personnel.
Media Unity for Freedom of Press condemns this uncivilized and
uncalled for action of the uniformed men against media. It is sad that
the Police has not registered the FIR filed by Sahu as yet and the
district police chief has been sitting nonchalant despite being
informed of the offense by a delegation of local journalists.
MUFP calls upon the authorities to initiate prompt action against the
concerned OASP staff and to ensure that the police in the State should
behave properly with the media so that the media can function freely to discharge
their duties for the benefit of the people and the State.
For MEDIA UNITY FOR FREEDOM OF PRESS,
Subhas Chandra Pattanayak,