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February 6, 2011

Goons attack journalist in Pipili, Orissa

Miscreants on Friday allegedly assaulted a journalist of a daily in Pipili, nearly 20 km from Bhubaneswar, apparently because he was critical in his news item against the local notified area council (NAC) authorities, the Times of India reported. [ Link ] The scribe, Rajat Ratan Das (39), was admitted to Capital hospital here with a fractured hand. Police arrested one person in connection with the attack later in the evening. In his FIR, Das alleged that the miscreants attacked him at the... MORE
December 4, 2009

Orissa journalist freed on bail

Journalist Laxman Choudhury of the daily Sambad was finally freed on bail Thursday after being held for ten weeks in Gajapati district in Orissa. Released on the orders of the Orissa high court, he is still facing a sedition charge because the local police found Maoist leaflets in his possession. On leaving prison, Choudhury thanked all of his colleagues who campaigned for his release.MORE
October 15, 2009

Reporter in Orissa who accused local police of corruption is charged with sedition

Laxman Choudhury, a newspaper reporter based Gajapati (in the state of Orissa) who has written about alleged local police links with organised crime, has been detained for more than three weeks on a sedition charge in state capital Bhubaneswar on the grounds that he was sent Maoist leaflets in the mail. “Choudhury’s arbitrary and unjustifiable arrest by the Gajapati police violated the Indian constitution,” Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) said. “He is the victim of an act of revenge... MORE
May 4, 2005

ETV correspondent assaulted in Orissa

Making a mockery of Press freedom,a police officer on Tuesday assaulted and injured ETV's Phulbani correspondent, Sadashiv Patra and also damaged his camera.The officer,who happens to be the assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Phiringia police station,allegedly also assaulted two other persons having their meal in a dhaba. Sources said ETV correspondent had to bear the brunt of the ASI's ire when he went to the dhaba to inquite about the attack on the two men eating there. One of them had... MORE
November 12, 2004

Orissa editor brutally murdered

The battered body of a local newspaper editor from the eastern state of Orissa was found by the side of a highway near the village of Bhagirathipur on Tuesday, November 9, police sources told the Press Trust of India (PTI), a national newswire service. Dilip Mohapatra, editor of the Oriya-language newspaper Aji Kagoj, disappeared on Monday, November 8. His body was discovered the next day on the side of the NH-42 national highway in Orissa with his hands and legs tied and a head wound, PTI... MORE
November 11, 2004

Newspaper editor brutally murdered in Orissa

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) the global organisation of journalists, representing over 500,000 journalists worldwide, has today condemned the brutal murder of an Oriya language newspaper editor in India. The horrific murder of 45-year-old Dilip Mohapatra, editor of Aji Kagaj, on Tuesday, 9 November, is believed to be the 100th murder of a journalist killed worldwide in 2004. According to reports, Mohapatra was found dead on the National Highway 42 near Bhagirathipur with... MORE