Month: February 2011

Freedom Tree!

Tireless in pursuit of democratic rights  Relentlessly challenging plutocratic might Braving atrocities, police state’s plights Awaiting the passage of this barbaric night   Freedom Tree! Free Press shall set us Free!   In actions and spirits, journalists united Radical is our zeal, refusing to be placated No longer shall we let scribes be oppressed Duties shall manifest, and our rights protected   Freedom Tree! Free Press shall set us Free!   Unjust regimes can imprison us; not our thoughts They can chain us down, charge us with treasons Truths we shall expose, fearless in our purpose With conscience intact, misdeeds we shall oppose   Freedom Tree! Free Press shall set us Free!   Too many journalists have been assaulted by State For speaking out with reason, against fear and hate We must all stand by our comrades, before its too late Until justice is served, liberties restored, we shall not rest!   Freedom Tree! Free Press shall set us Free!   – Saswat Pattanayak, Peoples’ Poet (Written for Media Unity for Freedom of Press – …