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 – MUFP, Bhubaneswar)

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Author: Saswat Pattanayak

Journalist, Generalist, Atheist, Poet, Lover, Photographer, Communist, Third wave Feminist, LGBT ally, Black power comrade, Peacenik, Anti-capitalist, Critical media theorist, Radical film critic, Academic non-elite…

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