Once again the silence of media outlets in Odisha is the centre of discussion and the debate sparks with numerous questions & one of them is ‘Can we really trust our Journalists, press & media in the state?’
This specific question may have many answers but the ongoing issues are the proof that either the govt. is attempting to muzzle the media or the journalists are working under corporate pressure.
In any case, how might we accuse the govt. for it!?
After telecasting ‘The Assembly Report‘ a privilege motion was moved against OTV by Congress MLA Taraprasad Bahinipati which was accepted by the speaker. It is intriguing to note here that, Prameya News 7, 2nd in the BARC rating among Odia news channels, ran the same story yet no such notice was issued against them. This privilege notice was only for OTV.
Besides, the sports journalist of Odisha Television getting barred from covering the Hockey opening ceremony and in every one of these cases not a single regional media outlets of the state neither reported anything nor set out to ask a question or stand with the channel.
And now in another case reported recently, one of the senior journalist Debendra Prusty was fired from his company for questioning Naveen Patnaik and the Hockey celebration in his series of posts on social media.
While some say the remarks made by Debendra Prusty is simply hostile to govt and there might be another reason why he focused on the Odisha govt in particular, but according to a report Debendra has confirmed that he used to criticise both state and central govt. whenever he finds any flaws!