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Odisha Journalists Union strongly condemned the bar baric attack on satiric weekly CHARLIE HEBDO of Paris,France.The attack is the act of Cowards,the Union said. This type of attack on Media to seal the Freedom of Expression will fail.They added.They expressed their support & condoled the bereaved family.

Recently, a social media journalist, was burnt alive by Uttar Pradesh cops. In facebook, Jagendra Singh had posted against Ram Murti Verma, a state minister in Uttar Pradesh and a powerful Samajwadi Party politician in Shahjahanpur.On 30th May, Jagendra Singh posted a series of facebook post accusing the minister for gang-raping a nursery worker with his henchmen. He also alleged that he minister has grabbed large tracts of land and high-level corruption.The following day police raided his house and burnt him alive in front of his son.On the death of scribe Jogendra Singh in Shahajahanpur few days back, all state office bearers of OJU met in the premises of the Union and demanded the resignation of the concerned minister,stringent and exmplary action against the culprit and demanded a solatium of Rs 50 lakhs to the kins of the deceased .In continuations of the Shahajahanpur barbaric act ,the govt of UP chosen to remain silent on the shameful attack on a TV reporter at Pilibhit of UP.We all members of OJU,strongly condemn the act of mafias supported by ruling party politicians.This formula of killing the democracy gradually will fail and watch dogs of the society will work with more vigour.This is the high time that the parliament of India should concede the long standing demand of the working journalist of the country and bring special laws to protect the scribes.We are also demanding a CBI probe in the matter.

Sri. Pravat Kumar Dash, State President of OJU has congratulated Sri. Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, the new Information & Public Relation Department of Govt. Of Odisha. Sri. Dash expected that the tenure of Sri. Nayak will ushrup a new era for the media persons in the State and all demands of the working Journalists of Odisha will be met. Sri. Dash assured all constructive supports to Mr. Nayak, Minister, I & PR.

Sri. Pravat Dash, State President Of Odisha Journalists Union condemned the attack on Media Persons in front of the house of M.K.Stalin, leader of DMK, at Tamil Nadu. Sri. Dash has urged the State Govt. to take stern action on the attacker and named it an attack on Indian Democracy.

Sri. Pravat Dash, State President Of Odisha Journalists Union has congratulated Sri. Naveen Pattnaik on his fourth term as Chief Minister of Odisha. He has urged the fulfill the promises made by his Govt. for the welfare of the Working Journalists of Odisha, before the General Elections. He has also requested the new C.M. to fulfill other demands of the scribes soon and implement the Majithia Wage Board recommendation, as a whole.

Sri. Abhiram Pradhan, E.C member of OJU from Ganjam District expired on 15.3.2013. He was suffering from Cancer for a long time. Governing members of Ganjam District hold a condolence meeting at Beguniapada, his village. Please pray for the departed soul.

OJU nominated to the Tripartite Comitee constituted,by Labour Deptt.,Govt of Odisha,to moniter the speedy implementation of recommendations of Majithia Wage Board, for Journalists.OJU welcomed the step of the State Govt.

OJU Membership strength crosses 1000 state president Pravat Dash, congratulated all members. Says, the continued support & effort of all members made it possible.


On 27th Aug’2012, a joint memorandum was given to Sri. Arun Kumar Sahoo, Hon’ble Minister Energy, I& PR, Govt of Odisha, in his office chamber at Odisha Secretariate, Bhubaneswar. The joint memorandum was given by Odisha Journalists Union and Orissa Union of Working Journalist, Bhubaneswar by their Presidents Sri Pravat Dash and Sri Rama Hari Mishra respectively, along with some representatives of both the Unions.The joint memorandum was based on the rightful demands of all working journalists of Odisha.

The various points of the demands are
  • Identification of working journalists of Odisha as soon as possible by the Govt.& quick publication of the list.
  • Insurance of all working journalists of Odisha by the State Govt. as per the list.
  • Enhancement of fixed deposit of Working Journalist Welfare Fund to 5 crore.
  • 5% of the advertisement amount,given to the News Papers is to be deducted & the same should be deposited in the Working Journalists Welfare Fund.
  • Immediate pension to the retired working journalists of Odisha on the line of pension given to eminent artists and sport persons by the State Govt., till a full fledged policy decision is made on the pension scheme to the retired journalists.
  • Re-constitution of Accreditation Committee and Pension Committee by the State Govt. as early as possible.
  • Enactment of a special bill on the protection of Working Journalists of Odisha immediately.
After a thorough discussion on the charter of demands the Hon’ble Minister promised to look into the demands seriously and take a decision as early as possible.

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On the auspicious day of “Utkal Divas”, First April 2010, 7 senior journalists of Odisha met at a place in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha to bring a revolution for the betterment of working scribes of Odisha, they decided to form a Union of working scribes and named it as Odisha Journalists Federation.

Many senior and pivotal journalists of Odisha, both from print and electronic media, showed their interest to join the near plot form by welcoming the step.

On 18th April 2010 a state level representative meet was held in Bhubaneswar and representatives of working scribes from all 30 districts of odisha participated that was a historic day in working journalists union on that day the union was formed and decided to apply for registration under Indian trade union act and start the membership drive. Unbelievable support came from all districts and we went on the name was changed and the union was renamed as Odisha Journalists Union. Many welfare steps giving pension to retired journalists family pension to the family of the deceased journalists full support to the financial upliftment of families others were undertaken.

And then came the day when the dream came true on 5th April 2011, Odisha Journalists Union was registered as a Trade Union for working Journalists under Indian Trade Union Act by the Labour commissioner, Govt of Odisha. The first Annual day function alongside the annual general body meet was held at Jayadev Bhaban, Bhubaneswar on 9th August 2011 on the auspicious day of “Kranti Divas”. It was decided by the general Body to hold the annual function 2 AGM on Kranti Divas every year i.e. 9th August 2011.

President's message

Welcome to Odisha Journalism Union,

I Mr.Prabhat Kumar Dash, heartily welcome you to our Organisation.I wish to thank all those who have made journalism a sacred profession.Odisha Journalists Union is established in order to solve the issues and problems relating to Working Journalists of Odisha.We take this opportunity to introduce ourselves to you as the association of media persons.This is a non profit making organisation,built and encouraged by people to raise voice & write against the violence,corruption,irregularities and communalism.Freedom of Information and Speech is the key of a strong democracy.Hence each citizen of India should thrive to safeguard this.The politician and bureaucracy should be more accountable and answerable.To ensure this every member of public has to fight along side the scribes.The society has to take the responsibility to protect the Journalists from the evils of present society.An unprotected journalist will fail to bring the real picture of happenings to your information.Hence to protect the society,the public has to protect the journalists fraternity as a whole.Then only the exact inside story,racket and the hidden face of the killers of our society will come out.Don’t worry,we are with you as always.Protect the Journalists and get the protection.Look after them and they will look after you.That should be the MANTRA.

  • Committed to protect the society from irregularities and violence.
  • To sponsor press power worldwide by protecting the rights of journalists so that they can report without the fear of retaliation.
  • Focused on the quality journalism,enhancement of financial status of journalists,protection of journalists through the society,pressurising Central and State Government to pass a special law to protect the Working Journalists.
  • Emphasising on more reporting on common man’s problem,social harmony and demoralising separatists.
  • To Insure all Working Journalists of Odisha.
  • To reach to every journalist of remotest part of Odisha and provide him a life line through our Union.
  • To arrange and provide Health Coverage to every bonafide Journalis upto village level.
  • To enhance the Professional,Economical and Social standard of every bonafide Journalist upto village level.
  • To thrive to bring a Special Stringent Law for the Protection of Working Journalist of the State.