Attack Continues on Media in Orissa; MUFP Demands Prosecution against Miscreants

A pack of miscreants, known as ruling party’s muscles, brutally attacked media persons on January 13 inside the campus of Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, when they were collecting information on illegal and unlawful activities of some youths inside the campus. The Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP) strongly condemns this brutal attack on media in a statement issued on January 15.

It has been alleged that while media persons representing various print , electronic and web medias were in the campus to cover the unruly actions of some youths/students, who were assaulting some foreign students physically, they were attacked by the unruly youths claiming themselves as students of the University.

Media persons in Orissa have been always cordial and friendly towards the students and their problems and use to highlight it as and when necessary and on no occasion they were so brutally dealt with by the student community.

The MUFP therefore demands immediate arrest of the assaulters and to take stringent action against all persons including the University authority and the police who were responsible for such unruly situation inside the campus.

The MUFP whole heatedly support the stand taken by the media persons of Cuttack condemning the indifferent attitude of the Police Commissionarate towards the media persons by not taking any action against the assaulters and their decision to boycot the police and Government functions till the arrest of the accused persons responsible for attack on media persons.

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