Kathmandu, Aug. 25: Different media associations have urged the concerned sides not to obstruct the publishing and distribution work of the Kantipur Publications.
Speaking at a face-to-face programme at Reporters’ Club in the capital today, representatives of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Nepal Press Union, Press Chautari Nepal and Revolutionary Journalists’ Association have said that the issues raised by the protesting group was good but the way it was done was not right.
On the occasion, FNJ Chairman Dr Mahendra Bista said that the issues raised by the protesters were good but the way of exerting pressure was not good. It can be resolved through a dialogue, he said.
Similarly, Chairman of the Revolutionary Journalists’ Association Govinda Acharya said that the issues raised by the agitating side were good and it could not be said that it affected the right to information when working journalists raise their voice by calling a protest. But the way to exert pressure was not good, Acharya added.
Likewise, General Secretary of Press Chautari Madhav Nepal said that the protest was good to implement the Working Journalists’ Act as most of the media houses are failing to implement the Act.
Revolutionary Journalists’ Association Chairman Deepak Mainali said that all working journalists should get appropriate pay for their work.
All Nepal Revolutionary Communications Print and Publication Workers Main Committee close to CPN-Maoist has been obstructing the publication of the Kantipur vernacular and the Kathmandu post daily since the past five days.
Similarly, Nepal Media Society, Television Broadcaster Nepal, Broadcasters’ Association of Nepal, Community Ratio Broadcasters’ Association, Radio Broadcasters’ Forum also organized a joint press conference and urged the government to create the convenient environment of smoothly publishing and broadcasting of the news.