FNJ, Media Society deplore obstruction

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 22, 2014-

The media fraternity on Friday condemned the ongoing obstruction in the distribution of two Kantipur Publications dailies by the CPN-Maoist-affiliated trade union.

The Federation of Nepali Journalists expressed its concern over the action, urging the Maoists to honour people’s rightful access to the media and their right to be informed.

“Disruption in newspaper distribution violates people’s right to information and freedom of expression and the press,” it said in a statement released late on Friday, the second straight day the Maoists created hurdles in the newspapers’ distribution.

In a joint statement, Nepal Media Society (NMS), Television Broad-casters Nepal (TBN), Broadcasting Association of Nepal (BAN), Asso-ciation of Community Radio Broadcasters (ACORAB) and Radio Broadcasters Forum (RBF) urged the government to immediately end the obstruction in the publication and distribution of The Kathmandu Post and Kantipur newspapers and take legal action against those causing the disruption.

“We are saddened that the government, responsible for the protection of people’s property and press freedom, has remained a mute spectator,” read the  statement signed by NMS Chairman Kailash Sirohiya, TBN Chairman RK Manandhar, BAN Secretary General Chandra Neupane, ACORAB Treasurer Subash Khatiwada and RBF Chairman Raj Shrestha.

The statement added that the government, political parties and stakeholders cannot remain spectators at a time when the Publication faces the danger of not being able to publish the papers in an independent and normal way owing to the obstruction. A joint meeting of the five media organisations urged all the stakeholders to help end the obstruction in the publication and distribution of the dailies.

The fraternity has decided to launch a stern protest on Saturday if the attack against press freedom and the people’s right to information continues. The FNJ Kantipur chapter has called on the concerned side not to obstruct the distribution of the newspapers. “Press freedom relates not only to information gathering but also to its dissemination,” chapter President Kamal Dev Bhattarai said in a statement.

Published: 23-08-2014 09:02

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