August 27, 2014

Odisha Channel Bureau Bhubanewar, Aug 27: Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP) on Wednesday condemned the brutal assault on journalists while they were performing their professional duty as reporters near the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on August 24 (Sunday).“There is enough evidence to suggest that both the students of KISS and outside elements were involved in the murderous attack on two fellow journalists,” MUFP, an organisation of journalists of Odisha, said in a statement.“The incident is yet another example of how the powers that be have been treating and targeting the media over the years.The violent attack constitutes a grave threat to the freedom of the press to report events, issues and acts of illegalities in the larger public interest.”“The affected persons or institutions always have the option of legal and judicial redressal but to take recourse to violent means to muzzle the press smacks of a sick mindset that has little respect for the right of the media to probe and unearth the truth as they see it,” MUFP added.Stating that the police should identify and book the assailants for the criminal act based on the available video evidence in the next 24 hours, MUFP underlined the need for an impartial and independent probe by a group of eminent citizens into the entire episode.The inquiry/ fact-finding should be completed within a week and the report should be shared with the public in the next three days.MUFP also expressed concern about the threats that journalists face not only from outside forces but also from their own organisation and employers, who have scant regard for their safety and security.

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