Tag: Muzzling Media

BJP VP Baijayant Panda Calls For Freedom Of Speech, BJD Sparks Twitter War

Bhubaneswar: BJP’s national vice-president Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda on Saturday expressed serious concerns over the Odisha government’s vindictive action against OTV’s senior journalist Ramesh Rath. In a tweet, Panda said, “Shameful how Maharashtra & Odisha police simply “pick up” & assault journalists & do custodial interrogation, without following the basic process of law, like in Pakistan. […]

Police High-handedness Against Media: OTV Files Complaint Against Capital Police Station IIC

Bhubaneswar: With the viral audio on COVID-19 mismanagement snowballing into a major row, Odisha Television Ltd (OTV) on Monday lodged a complaint against Girija Chakrabarty, Inspector-In-Charge of Capital Police Station for violating law. In its appeal to the Bhubaneswar DCP, OTV has sought registration of a case against the inspector under Indian Penal Code (IPC) […]

OTV Facing Conspiracy & Harassment For Last 3 Years

Bhubaneswar: The recent notice to OTV by Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and subsequent action by Commissionerate Police has triggered widespread resentment among people and intellectuals who termed it as a vendetta against media for highlighting lapses & irregularities of the administration. People across the State are now questioning the motive behind police showing unwarranted promptness […]

BJD continues to muzzle voice of media, lodges 4 complaints against OTV in 24 hours

Bhubaneswar: In yet another brazen attempt to muzzle the voice of OTV, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has filed four complaints against the leading media house in Odisha in the last 24 hours. After falsely accusing  the channel of telecasting  press conference of BJP during silence period yesterday, the BJD today moved the Chief […]

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Summon to OTV MD smacks of political vendetta: KV Singh Deo after resigning from Committee

Bhubaneswar: Patnagarh BJP MLA Kanak Vardhan Singh Deo today resigned from the Privilege Committee of Odisha Assembly citing that the move of the Committee to summon Managing Director and Co-founder of Odisha Television Ltd, Jagi Mangat Panda, was to harass her for political reasons. Singh Deo tendered his resignation from the Committee in a letter […]

I feel extremely harassed & so does OTV: Jagi Panda breaks silence

Bhubaneswar: After working in Odisha for as long as 22 years as a woman entrepreneur, Jagi Mangat Panda, also the Managing Director and Co-founder of Odisha Television Ltd, expressed her anguish today after appearing before the House Committee of Odisha Assembly. Jagi appeared before the Privilege Committee after being summoned in connection with a breach […]

OTV journalist misbehaved with at Naveen Niwas
You can’t enter, we have orders from ‘top’: Police to OTV journos at Naveen Niwas

Bhubaneswar: In yet another attempt to muzzle OTV’s voice, a lady journalist of the news channel Archana Satapathy was misbehaved with and turned away by security personnel at Naveen Niwas while she was on her way to cover news after having received information from ruling-BJD sources. As per reports, Archana along with cameraperson Santosh Tarai was […]

Breach of privilege motion: Assembly Privilege Committee summons OTV MD

Bhubaneswar: The Privilege Committee of Odisha Assembly has summoned managing director of Odisha Television Ltd, Jagi Mangat Panda in connection with the breach of privilege motion moved against OTV in November 2018. The Committee has asked Panda to appear before it on January 28. It is pertinent to mention here that Opposition party chief whip, […]

OPCC RTI Cell chairman resigns over Bahinipati’s privilege motion against OTV

Bhubaneswar: Expressing displeasure over senior Congress leader Tara Prasad Bahinipati’s decision to move breach of privilege motion against OTV in Odisha Assembly, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) RTI Cell chairman, Hemant Panda today resigned from his post. “Without moving for a no-confidence motion against the government and the Speaker, he (Tara Bahinipati) moved a privilege […]

Muzzling Media: Human rights activists serve notice to Vishal Dev for misbehaving with journalist

Bhubaneswar: Human Rights activists Biswapriya Kanungo and Narendra Mohanty today served a notice to Commissioner-cum-secretary of Sports and Youth Services department, Vishal Dev for misbehaving with OTV journalist in his chamber on November 21. The notice has been served under section 13 of the Press Council of India Act, sources said. Condemning such behaviour shown […]

Rights activists seek apology from Vishal Dev for misbehaving with journalist

Bhubaneswar: Taking a stern note of misbehaviour towards OTV reporter by Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Sports and Youth Services department, Vishal Kumar Dev; rights activists Biswapriya Kanungo and Narendra Mohanty today demanded an unconditional apology from the senior bureaucrat. In a memorandum to Odisha Chief Minister, the rights activists have condemned the discriminatory behaviour of Vishal Dev […]

BJD used Tara as pawn to muzzle voice of media: Congress

Bhubaneswar: At a time when voices of dissent are growing within the Congress over Tara Prasad Bahinipati’s move to bring a breach of privilege motion against OTV for a factual report the channel telecast, senior leader Sarat Rout today categorically stated that the Congress doesn’t back such motion. Moreover, Rout further alleged that it was […]

Muzzling media: Protests mount in Odisha over privilege motion against OTV

Bhubaneswar: Resentment is brewing across Odisha among journalists as well as political leaders who have condemned the privilege motion moved by the Opposition party chief whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati against OTV for a telecasting a factual report on the proceedings inside the Odisha Assembly. Terming it as an attempt to muzzle the voice of media; […]

Op-Ed: Fissures in media allow govt to browbeat it

Can a bureaucrat – or anyone anyone holding a public office for that matter – eject a reporter from a briefing for the media on the grounds of ‘biased’ coverage? Or pick and choose which media outlet s/he would talk to? The answer, I am afraid, has to be an emphatic and unambiguous ‘No’! It […]

Leave, go, I have not permitted you, don’t waste my time: Vishal Dev to OTV reporter at press meet

Bhubaneswar: In what can be termed as a blatant disrespect to the fourth pillar of democracy – the media, the Odisha Sports Secretary, a senior bureaucrat Vishal Dev today asked a reporter of OTV to get out of a press meet he had called. At around 12.48 pm today noon, OTV reporter Niranjan Reddy reached […]

Muzzling media: Privilege motion against OTV after telecast of factual report

Bhubaneswar: Opposition party chief whip, Tara Prasad Bahinipati today brought a Breach of Privilege motion against OTV after the channel telecast a factual report yesterday on how the Speaker adjourned the House after being prompted by the secretary. Following the motion, the Assembly Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat has directed the House secretary to issue notice […]

'Media has major role to play in politics; to muzzle it is unhealthy'

Bhubaneswar: Criticism continues to pour in against the decision of the ruling BJD in the State to boycott participation in all debate and discussion programmes of Odisha’s largest news channel-OTV. “If any government feels a channel or reporter is speaking against them, it should use the same platform to respond and clarify,” said Siddharth Vardarajan, […]