Top leaders assure free press

Kathmandu, Sept. 14: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said that the role of media was crucial in strengthening the democracy.

The Prime Minister said so at a discussion programme organised by the Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman, Subas Nembang, with the top leaders of major political parties and office-bearers of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) this afternoon.

PM Koirala said he does not think that the political parties that contributed to the democracy would challenge the press freedom.

On the occasion, the PM pointed out that press should disseminate the information in a disciplined and responsible manner. “I urge the media to disseminate news in a responsible way, being based on truth and facts,” he added.

Likewise, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda recalled the roles of media to take the country toward peace from conflict and to democracy from authoritarian.

He said that no party has the mentality to challenge the freedom of media that played crucial role for peace, stability and democracy. He said that the concerns of media fraternity could be addressed by making laws if there were some obscurities in regard to making the media sector respected and dignified.

Dahal urged the FNJ to play positive and constructive role for the entire democracy, peace and stability.

Similarly, Nembang argued that constitution cannot be democratic if the free press was isolated.

On the occasion, FNJ Chairman Dr Mahendra Bista said that some important issues related to freedom of expression and press were not addressed in the new constitution despite repeated pleas.

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