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NPU says prohibition on media an act against principle of press freedom

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NPU says prohibition on media an act against principle of press freedom
NPU says prohibition on media an act against principle of press freedom

Kathmandu, July 12: The Nepal Press Union on Sunday drew the attention of the Constituent Assembly for amendment of a prohibitory arrangement that could see a prohibition imposed on freedom of thought and expression by creating an Act in sub-article 2 of the article 22 of the preliminary draft of the new constitution.

After making public the decision of the second full meeting of the Union’s Central Committee held at Dhulikhel, the Union pointed out that the provision stipulated in the draft constitution allowing an imposition of prohibition on media for dissemination of false news amounts to being in contradiction to the principle of freedom of press.

The meeting presided by Union Chairman Badri Sigdel said the Union’s attention has been drawn towards the sentence mentioned in the government’s policy and programme stipulating amendment of the code of conduct. The meeting concluded that the Press Council Nepal failed to give the government appropriate suggestion for the same.

A statement issued by Union General Secretary Ajaya Babu Shiwakoti reads, “We express joy at the recommendation made by the Minimum Wage Determination Committee for new salary after our repeated pressure. Union vehemently demands with the government to enforce the new criteria and implement the mentioned recommendation.”

The Union has also reiterated its demand for formation of a National Mass Communications Training Academy in name of former Prime Minister and Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) founding President, Krishna Prasad Bhattarai.

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