A government run by persons with no concern for the common man but with devotion for foreigners like POSCO is definitely not in consonance with what the month of August means for Indians. No wonder, the government of Orissa brutalized the unarmed farmers agitating against officially created threat to their profession and living environment at Junagarh on the very first day of August 2011.

It also tried to strangulate freedom of Press on this first day of the month of Indian freedom as lathi wielding police smashed a local journalist covering the brutal attack on the farmers whom the government has left at the mercy of the money lenders, millers, hoarders, black-marketeers, land grabbers and exploiters.

The media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP), in a statement, has strongly condemned the attack and demanded stringent action against the police person and officials under whose instructions the attack was perpetrated.

Below is the statement:

The Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP )is in possession of video evidence of the unprovoked attack by a lathi wielding cop on fellow media person Khageswar Dhangdamajhi, reporter of Nav Bharat and Arjii, a local weekly who was present during the police lathi-charge on agitating farmers in Junagarh on the 1st of August. The MUFP not only condemns the police attack on a media person carrying out his professional duty it also strongly supports the vociferous local demand for stringent action against the official for resorting to goondaism and deliberately targeting a media person on duty. The MUFP expects the state government to order a top-level probe into the incident and suspend the official immediately on the basis of the visual evidence submitted by fellow journalists.

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