ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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THE FOURTH ESTATE-Media s Turbulent Year

Media's Turbulent Year M R Narayan Swamy THE year that has ended was undoubtedly one of the most turbulent tor the Fourth Estate, Besides the obnoxious Press Bill that the Bihar government tried to , thrust on the journalists one newsman was brutally murdered and several others suffered injuries and humiliation in about 15 major cases of intimidation and assaults during 1982, Not surprisingly, Bihar accounted for the majority of such incidents* The first major attack last year was reported from Orissa. Srikanta Kumar Sahoo, a reporter of Dharitari, a daily run by former Chief Minister Nandini Satpathy, was attacked, allegedly by the leader of a gang of ganja and opium smugglers. The reporter alleged on January 18 that the gang leader was running an unlicensed shop at Knurda and had the backing of local Congress( I) leaders.

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