Print Edition - 2014-09-13 | Nation
Hundreds gather at apex court in support of Kantipur
Sep 12, 2014-People from different walks of life gathered at the Supreme Court (SC) on Friday to support Kantipur Publications in the contempt lawsuit against its publishers and journalists.
The apex court had summoned Publications’ Chairman and Managing Director Kailash Sirohiya, Director Swastika Sirohiya, Kantipur daily’s Editor-in-Chief Sudheer Sharma and journalist Ghanshyam Khadka for the third time on Friday to record their statement. They were greeted by a huge crowd of well-wishers-- from politicians to artistes to members of business community--who had gathered at the court’s compound.
Expressing his solidarity to the Publications and its fight for freedom of press, NC Vice-president Ram Chandra Poudel said that the court must issue a logical verdict in the case.
UCPN (Maoist) Vice-chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha said the press should not be made a scapegoat for bringing the mistakes committed by the justice system to the light. “I believe that the press should not be victimised for revealing the mistakes committed by the court and its judges,” he said, noting that judicial independence and press freedom are both equally important. Political leaders Gagan Thapa, Nabindra Raj Joshi and Ram Hari Khatiwada of NC; Yogesh Bhattarai, Bhanubhakta Dhakal, Gokarna Bista and Yaga Bahadur Sunuwar of CPN-UML; and Giriraj Mani Pokhrel of UCPN (Maoist) also visited the SC to show their support to the Publications.
Member of business community, Bhaskar Raj Rajkarniakr, Pashupati Murarka, Rajesh Kaji Shrestha and Surendra Bir Malakar, among others, and artistes, including comic duo Madan Krishna Shrestha and Hari Bansha Acharya, were also there.
Reporters’ Club in solidarity
Reporters’ Club has been expressed serious concern over the charge of contempt of court filed against the publishers and journalists of Kantipur Publications. Issuing a statement on Friday, Rishi Dhamala, chairman of the club, termed the indictment an attempt at muzzling press freedom. The statement read that while the club respects the judicial independence, it also holds press freedom in equal reverence.
Published: 13-09-2014 09:27