Prez Bhandari urges media to maintain media ethics

Kathmandu, May 6: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said that the journalism sector should win the hearts of the readers disseminating the true, factual and balanced news following the media ethics.

Speaking in a special programme organized to mark the First National Journalism Day and the 116th anniversary of the Gorakhapatra National Daily today, President Bhandari urged the Gorakhapatra Corporation to be competitive and balanced along with developing its physical infrastructure.

She urged the government to help the corporation for the same. She added that the Gorakhapatra is the living history of the nation.

On the occasion, President Bhandari felicitated senior journalist Dhruba Hari Adhikary with the Gorakhapatra National Journalism Award. The award carries the purse of 55,555 rupees. The award was instituted from this year.

President Bhandari, released the commemorative silver coin issued by the Nepal Rastra Bank on the occasion of the first national journalism day.

She handed the Gorakhapatra Honour to senior litterateur Kamal Mani Dixit and senior journalist Lal Deusa Rai.

On the occasion, Industry Minister Som Prasad Pandey who is taking the responsibility of the Information Ministry as well, expected the positive role of the Gorakhapatra for the prosperity of the nation, adding that the constitution has ensured press freedom.

Minister Pandey praised the role of Gorakhapatra for overall development and raising the awareness of the people.

Similarly, Information Secretary Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya affixed the first cancellation mark on a commemorative postage stamp cover issued on the occasion. The postage stamp has the picture of the first print copy of the Gorakhapatra vernacular.

Gorakhapatra Corporation general manager Sushil Koirala committed to extend access of its publications across the country maintaining the quality.

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