Concern over violation of press freedom in Nepal
Kathmandu: The Nepalese media has been praised for its key role in Nepal`s landmark 2006 peace process and the establishment of democracy in country, amid growing concern over violation of press freedom here.
The World Association of Press Councils (WAPC), which is organising a meeting of its Executive Council in Nepal, underlined the key role of Nepalese media in restoring press freedom and moving forward the peace process in the country.
Christopher R. Conybeare, secretary general of WAPC, said Nepal has a vibrant press and it has played a crucial role in moving forward the peace process and the establishment of democratic system of government in the Himalayan state.
The WAPC has been holding its executive council meeting from time to time at different places in order to exchange experiences and to learn challenges and problems facing by journalists across the globe, said Conybeare, during an interaction senior journalists of Nepal.
On the occasion, Chairman of Press Council of India Justice G.N. Ray said that media should not only focus on profit motive as it should serve the larger interests of the society.
As media needs to serve the interest of society there should be a definite line or "laxaman rekha" to distinguish between its profit making and service motive, he pointed out as a group of 14 international mediapersons led by Conybeare arrived in the capital to attend the meeting of WAPAC executive council.
We have entered a new era of globalisation and the concept of global village has come into being due to development of science and technology, said Nepal Press Council chairman Narayan Prasad Sharma, who chaired the interaction.
Dharmendra Jha, president of Nepal Federation of Journalists (FNJ), said the state has remained indifferent to various incidents of violation of press freedom, and asked the government to punish those involved in attacking mediapesons.
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