Reporter succumbed to cardiac arrest: Samaja should pay all dues forthwith

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Jayabardhan DashReporter Jaya bardhan Dash of the Oriya daily ‘The Samaja’ succumbed today to cardiac arrest at Berhampur. Till his death he was actively working for the Samaja.

The newspaper is under illegal occupation of Servants of the People Society, New Delhi. It is a habitual litigant organisation and has been harassing the workers with non-payment of dues.

Taking its conduct into consideration, it is apprehended that heirs of Dash may not be promptly and properly paid with dues of the journalist.

We call upon his fraternal friends of Berhampur to keep a watch and see that his dues are properly paid.

Dash was President of Berhampur Press Club and had tremendous contribution to sports in the area. We pay our respects to the departed doyen of journalism in the district that had taken leadership in newspaper production in the State.

Attack on Freedom of Press Exposes Government as Anti-People: Prasanta Patnaik

(input from Manoj Kant Dash)

Eminent journalist Prasanta Patnaik called upon media community to act unitedly for protection of democracy, when the government of the day is failing in its duty in this regard.

Consecrating the evening to the second day of Mahanagar Mahotsav at Ganjam Kala Parisad, Berhampur, on 17 January, the veteran media man came down heavily on the environment of infringement on freedom of Press, the pivot on which democracy gathers its strength.

By subjecting media persons to cooked up cases in order to frighten them away from exposing anti-people activities of administration, democracy is being pushed into doldrums by the very persons that are required to serve and strengthen democracy. This syndrome must be extinguished by use of alert pens and lenses that the media persons are equipped with, he said.

Amongst others who graced the occasion were Ranjan Tripathy, Bhubaneswar Bureau Chief of Kamyab TV / Manojkant Dash, Editor-in-chief of / Rabi Rath, Editor of Navin / Siba Prasad Mishra, Advocate / Susant Sabat, social activist / Rajesh Mohan Patnaik, Advocate / Biswanath Patnaik, Secretary of the Mahanagar Mahotsav Committee and Susil Patnaik, Managing Director of Assu India Parivar that sponsors the Mahotsav. Convenor of the Mahotsav, senior Advocate Sudhansu Sekhar Panda was in the chair. chief Manoj Kanta Dash coordinated interaction of local media persons with Patnaik, when the Mahotsav was anchored by Surya Narayan Patro and Kartik Panigrahi.

Sri Patnaik was felicitated on behalf of the Mahotsav Committee and Assu India Parivar.