MUFP stands with TV scribe

The MUFP condemns the brutal attack by armed police on TV reporter Amitabh Patra on April 29 early morning who was doing his duty of covering an agitation against Lower Suktel Dam in Dunguripali of Balangiri district.

AMITABH PATRA_INJUREDHis TV camera has been smashed and he has sustained grievous injury on his head. No head scan has been done so far. Without any reason he has been arrested.

The MUFP demands the following:

1. Immediate and unconditional release of Amitabh Patra

2. Offering him proper medical treatment in a proper place with cost to the state

3. Restoration of his camera and returning the same to him in its original condition.

4. Arrest of police officials who have launched the brutal attack on him

5. Compensation for the injury and for loss of property

6. Release of other media persons including Lenin Ray of Nissan

6. Provide proper protection to media persons on duty in sensitive areas and on sensitive matters.

Prasanta Patnaik, Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, Gopal Mohapatra, Rabi Das,
Prafulla Das, Ashok Mohapatra, Dwinjen Padhi, Gourahati Das, Sampad Mohapatra, Dwijen Padhi, Sudhir Patnaik

MUFP Condemns the Nexus between Police and Criminals

Condemning the murderous attack on Daritri reporter Chandrakant Das by a criminal in presence of general public and the intriguing Police inaction despite written complaints, the Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP) has issued the following statement:

It is a matter of great concern that the police has yet to wake up to the murderous attack on journalist Chandrakanta Das of Dharitri on 29 April 2010 at 10.30 in presence of the general public by miscreant Kailash Bastia even though Das, rescued by the people present on the spot, has informed in writing of this offence at 11 AM to the police at Karsada. Over and above the physical assault, the miscreant has also robbed him of his gold chain and cash exceeding Rs.3,000/-. This assault was perpetrated as Das had reported a robbery in Dharitri that had irritated the local police as well as Kailas. Apprehending that the police inaction at the local level is generated by its nexus with criminals, the Jagatsinghpur Journalists association had moved the Director General of Police to intervene; but that having failed to buzz the DGP; they have staged a sit-in-demonstration on 5 May 2010 in front of his office.

The Media Unity for Freedom of Press expresses deep anguish over continuous attacks on media persons in Orissa and condemns police inaction against attackers on journalists in general and on Das in particular and calls upon the DGP as well as the State Government to ensure that in every case of assault on media persons by criminals affected by exposure in media, the police personnel of the area concerned be taken to task as abettors in the crime.