Report by Orissa Diary correspondent; Bhubaneswar: While covering Suna Vesha of Lord Sri Jagannath at Puri, Srikanta Sahoo, ETV News Reporter has been subjected to violence of OASP personnel inside the temple on Nov 21,2010. He was not only haughtily keelhauled, his Press ID Card was snatched and thrown by the OASP personnel.
Media Unity for Freedom of Press condemns this uncivilized and uncalled for action of the uniformed men against media. It is sad that the Police has not registered the FIR filed by Sahu as yet and the district police chief has been sitting nonchalant despite being informed of the offense by a delegation of local journalists.
MUFP calls upon the authorities to initiate prompt action against the concerned OASP staff and to ensure that the police in the State should behave properly with the media so that the media can function freely to dischargetheir duties for the benefit of the people and the State.