Don`t meddle in our work: Nepalese media to Indian Embassy

Last Updated: Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 21:05

Kathmandu: Nepalese media on Sunday
asked the Indian Embassy not to interfere in their affairs
after it objected to the reports that Indian joint ventures
like Dabur are supplying poor quality products in the market.

"Nepalese media are free to choose their content and
have fully utilised this right," four media organisations said
in a joint statement and asked the Indian Embassy not to
interfere in their affairs by violating diplomatic norms.

The media groups issuing statement include Nepal Media
Society, Television Broadcasters Nepal, Broadcasting
Association of Nepal and Community Radio Publicity Association
Nepal.

The Indian Embassy had issued a statement on Friday
comes in response to a section of Nepal media`s reports
alleging that Dabur Nepal, a subsidiary of Dabur India, was
supplying sub-standard products.

The Embassy had asked the government to take
appropriate action against such unethical practices by a
section of the media aiming to discourage the joint venture.

"Some sections of the Nepalese media have given
negative publicity to pressurise the joint venture for
providing advertisement," the Embassy had said.

According to the Embassy statement "these media houses
have been threatening of negative publicity for the release of
advertisement."

These Indian joint ventures have made substantial
contribution to the Nepalese economy and are providing
employment and revenue to the government through export of
products, the statement points out.

"The baseless adverse publicity against the products
of such joint ventures will not only hit the Nepalese economy
and exports but will also deter new foreign direct investments
into Nepal," the Embassy had said in the statement.

The Embassy also hoped that authorities will take?
necessary action against such unethical practices.

However, Federation of Nepalese Journalists, the
umbrella organisation of the Nepalese media organisations, has
remained silent in the matter.

Meanwhile, responding to the media queries, Indian
Embassy spokesperson has said that it was surprised to learn
the reactions by some media associations to genuine concerns
expressed by it at attempts to elicit advertising revenue from
Indian Joint Ventures by a few media organisations.

"At no point did the Embassy refer to the media in
Nepal in general," the spokesperson clarified.

The reactions of these media organisations would have
been credible if backed up by a condemnation of such unethical
practices and an offer to discuss how to address the issue
with concerned companies, the spokesperson said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 21:05

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