Balasore, Jan 29 (Odisha.in ) Veteran journalist, Odisha.com group editor Prasanta Patnaik was felicitate in a colourful function organised during the celebration of first anniversary and State Level felicitation ceremony of Oriya weekly ” Ama Samajara Pratibimba ” published from here.
Balasore M.L.A. Arun Dey , felicited Patnaik with a memento, upadhaukan and a citation acknowledging over four decade long contribution to the field of investigative journalism, photo-journalism, electronic and web journalism.
In his reply to the felicitation, Patnaik appealed the media persons and media houses not to be swayed away by advertisements,gifts and temptations of the corporate houses who are systematically trying to control the politics, media, society and economy of the State for their vested interests at the cost of the interests of the people and the State.
They should stand firm to uphold the democracy as the fourth pillar.
Patnaik expected that Ama Samajara Pratibimba would reflect the problems and progress of the massess and fight against exploitation to build a healthy society.
Others who were felicitated included Rajanikanta Doloi an eminent social worker from West Bengal, Bankim Chandra Maharana, eminent educationist, Dr. Binay Kumar Das, eminent space scientist , Dr. Deepak Das Mohapatra, Ajay Kumar Sahu, Dr. Laxmikanta Tripathy, Radhashyam Raul and Debendra Khatua.
Janjabaraha Mohanty, editor of the weekly, Bishnu Charan Sethi, Chairman Orissa Cashew Development Corporation also spoke along with others.
During the morning a number of media persons drawn from all over the State participated in a seminar on Investigative Journalism and there was poem recitation by eminent and young poets in the afternoon.