Journalists of Print, Web, Tv and Camera streams congregated under the now famous ‘Freedom Tree’ in front of the State Information Center (Jaydev Bhawan) Bhubaneswar at noon on Thursday to condemn the rising attack on Press by ruling party leaders at different part of Orissa, specifically, attack on a media person Ashok Mohapatra , Correspondent of Khabara daily at Nischinta Koili , by mass education minister Pratap Jena, threat of dire consequences hurled at media men by MLA of Dasapalla, criminal
intimidation resorted to by ex-minister Pramila Mallik against Debendra Samal and chasing out journalist by the concerned collector from the venue of talk of labor laws implementation authority with Jindal steel management in the context of mass unrest generated by anti-people conduct of the industrial giant
Even as Sri Samal narrated the ordeal he has been subjected to by Ms. Mallick, MUFP congregation warned the ruling party politicians that if they remain such filthy to Press, the media would, henceforth, be constrained to think it proper to treat them as civilized persons deal with the filth. It would not be good for democracy and hence, the ruling politicians, whose primary responsibility should have been addressed to democracy, must desist from attacking the Press, the MUFP said.
It called upon the Chief Minister to look at these fresh attacks on Press and discipline his followers – the MLAs and the Minister as named above.
The MUFP demonstration was attended, among others, by Prasanta Patnaik, Rabi Das, Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, Sampad Mahapatra, D.N. Singh, Rabipriya Dash, Pramod Samantara, Lambodar Prasad Dash, Ramesh Mohanty, Lingaraj Panda and Sanjay Subudhi.