By Akhand, Bhubaneswar:
Civil society members including human rights defenders and journalist forum has condemned the threat and harassment to a senior TV journalist of Odisha. In recent days, many threat calls come from unknown numbers to Satya Prakash Nayak, who is the head of Bhubaneswar based Zee Kalinga news channel of Zee group. Due to his investigative journalism he faced such life threat.
In social media he has discussed about the matter and sought supports from the well-wishers and activists. He wrote “In these testing times, it is indeed tough to tread on the path of ‘SATYAPATH’….After sincere and truthful journalistic career and scores of investigative stories, causing high impact, a commoner like me has attracted the wrath of the high and mighty.”
He added “Sometimes my family is probed under the cover of ”regular inspection”. Sometimes I get threat calls that I shall be killed or thrown behind bars under false case of woman harassment. These forces however cannot deter my spirit. Coz my ISHWAR or PRABHU is on my side. I am ready to do Satya Ra Samna….Are you with me?”
“His family members are questioned by some unknown officials in his village. They also tried to collects my personal data from my locality”, he said to this writer. His recent effort has exposed some corruption scam in the state.
“We the Activists of Odisha resolve to stand behind the Journalist and take up this issue at logical conclusion”, said Pradip Pradhan, a leading RTI campaigner of the state. Ashok Nanda of Lok samukhya organization has demanded an inquiry into the matter and wrote letter to Chief Minster and Director General of Police in this regard. Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP) has also expressed its grave concern over the safety of the Journalist. “We demand before the police and the State Government to locate and punish the persons involved in such alleged mischief of threatening a senior media person”, Said Prasant Pattanayak, a senior Journalist and member of MUFP Presidium Prasanta Patnaik.
Bhuabaneswar based rights body Civil Society Forum on Human
Rights(CSFHR) also demands a probe and arrest of the culprits behind this act. They also prepare for approaching Human rights commission over the matter, said Dhirendra Panda, the Convener of the Forum.