When pictures and placards silently speak aloud, there was no necessity for the forum of professional media persons of Orissa – Media Unity for Freedom of Press – to use amplifiers in the historic demonstration it organized this forenoon before the Assembly on the Mahatma Gandhi Marg. See, where chief minister Navin Patnaik has landed Orissa, the land that had pioneered freedom of Press through specific legislation!

We place here these speaking pictures with a hope that they may help Navin wake up to the calls of democracy.

Token boycott of Assembly Proceedings on July 16 in the Cause of Freedom of Press

MUFP demonstration held as scheduled this forenoon was a huge show of solidarity of all media persons in cause of freedom of press and with journalists attacked by men in uniform and miscreants in nexus with them.

The media persons with placards and slogans demonstrated their wrath on the Mahatma Gandhi Marg before the assembly over administrative apathy to their demands for action against hooligans –official and private – in instances of assault and intimidation resorted to by them to gag the press.

They were shocked to know that the two uniformed men apprehended by the local police for misbehaving with a lady reporter on duty at ISKON car festival point and for injuries inflicted upon her accompanist cameraman including destruction of his camera were enlarged due to inability of the police in prosecuting them. They demanded stern and exemplary action against non-prosecution of the rowdies in uniform in the instant case and called upon the state administration as well as the assembly in session to wake up against the alarming transgression of freedom of press.

The resolved to carry out a token boycott of the Assembly proceeding for one hour when the House commences on July 16 in protest against inaction against the transgressors of freedom of press.

MUFP has thanked all media persons for their historic solidarity and has called upon the reporters and cameramen to stand united in the token boycott of the Assembly proceedings in the first hour of July 16.

Prasanta Patnaik’s Fourth Collection of Short Stories on the Anvil

The fourth collection of Eminent journalist Prasanta Patnaik’s short stories is being published by Cuttack Students Store.

The book is titled Krushnachudara Ranga (Colour of Bougainvilla)

It is scheduled to be launched at 5 pm on July 17 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan in Unit 3, Bhubaneswar.

All are cordially invited to the function.


Here below is the MUFP communication to media persons:

Dear Friends,

Members of Media Unity for Freedom of Press, who had an emergency meeting on 14th July,2010 under the Press Freedom Tree in front of Soochana Bhawan (State Information Center, while condemning the assault on ETV lady reporter and camera person by the police when they were on assignment and also the attack on Dainik Bhaskar reporter S. Rajiv Gourab while covering car festival on 13th July,2010 in Bhubaneswar, have decided to hold a demonstration in front of Orissa Assembly , near Lower P.M.G. on 15th July ( Thursday ) at 10.30 a.m. protesting against growing attack on media persons in the State and utter callousness of the State Government to punish the culprits and to stress on their demand for necessary protections to the media persons on duty.

You are cordially invited to participate in the demonstration and press the demands of Orissa media before the Government while making the people of the State aware of the condition under which we are working in the State for the benefit of the State and its citizens.

Expecting your active participation and thanking you,
Subhas Chandra Pattanayak,
Prasanta Patnaik,
Sampad Mohapatra,
D.N. Singh,
Rabi Das,
Sudhir Patnaik,
Dwijen Padhi,
Prafulla Das.