FNJ: reporting on modi was barred for private media

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 4, 2014-

Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) has condemned the government’s “discriminatory policy” towards private media in providing access of coverage during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day official visit to Kathmandu.  

The umbrella organisation of journalists is planning to send an objection letter to the government over the discrimination.

“This is an attempt to curtail independent media over access to information,” Bista said on Monday.

Press representatives from private media were denied entry to the Office of the President on Monday to report on the luncheon meet between President Ram Baran Yadav and Indian Prime Minister Modi. Security personnel had restricted the journalists from private media houses from entering the Office of the President citing orders from the “higher authorities”.

Similar prohibition was enforced against the private media at the Hyatt Regency, the hotel where Modi was staying, where senior leaders from various political parties had reached in the afternoon to meet the visiting Indian premier. Only the representatives from the state-run press were given access for news coverage.  

Sarad Trital, secretary at the Office of the President, said there had been an understanding to provide access only to the government-run media. The Department of Information, however, had issued special pass to both private and government media, mentioning the venues of reporting.


Published: 05-08-2014 10:36

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