Bhubaneswar, October 8: Odisha’s veteran journalist Prasanna Mohanty, has been nominated as an member of the Press Council of India (PCI).
Mohanty’s name was published in the Gazette notification on October 6, 2021.
Congratulatory messages poured in from political, bureaucratic, journalists and various other circles for Mohanty following his nomination to the prestigious position.
Mohanty is a senior journalist of Odisha. A noted political commentator, he is at present working as the Special Correspondent with leading English newspaper The Indus Valley Times.
Mohanty is also currently President of Odisha Union of Journalists (OUJ).
The Press Council is a mechanism for the Press to regulate itself. Nominated for three years, the PCI serves as a grievance redressal mechanism for people working with print media. It also works towards ensuring press freedom in the country.
“It is a great responsibility for me. I will utilize this opportunity to address the grievances of working journalists. Besides, my focus will be protection of press freedom and interest of media persons,” said Mohanty.
NUJ (I) President Ras Bihari, national treasurers Dr Aravind Singh, Vice President Rajat Kumar Gupta, Seema Kiran, Pradeep Tiwari, Bhupen Goswami, Sayed Junaid, P Raju, Ram Chandra Kanoujia, national secretary Seema Mohan, Sheetal Kardekar, Pankaj Soni, Kamalakant Upamanyu, Dipak Ray, K Kandaswami and Prashant Chakraborty have congratulated both Mohanty and Choudhuri.
Rakesh Thapilia, President of Delhi Journalists (DJA), and DJA general secretary K P Mallick have said that representation of Mohanty and Choudhuri will boost the fight for protection of various rights and fulfillment of entitlements of journalists.