PJ Club warns of boycotting Saarc events

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 19, 2014-

The Photo Journalists’ Club (PJ Club), an umbrella organisation of Nepali photo journalists, has expressed serious concerns over the government’s decision to prevent photo journalists and camera persons of private media houses to cover 18th Saarc Summit to be held on November 26-27.

A circular from the Department of Information, under the Ministry of Information and Communications, released on November 14 mentioned that state-owned media will cover the two-day summit attended by heads of state/government and high-level delegates from the eight Saarc countries.

The department said the visual, photographs and news in both Nepali and English can be accessed from the designated media.

Concerned over this decision, the PJ Club, also an associate member of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), met with Information and Communications Minister Minendra Rijal  and Foreign Affairs Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey on Wednesday to discuss the matter, said a statement issued by the Club on Wednesday. The FNJ also expressed serious concerns on the issue and solidarity with the Club’s demand.

The move to bar photojournalists and camera persons of private media from the opening and closing ceremony of such a mega event does not suit to a democratic country like Nepal, which guarantees freedom of expression

and freedom of press in constitution, reads the Club’s statement.

The Club has also asked the government to correct the unwise decision and warned of boycotting other summit activities if the decision is not reviewed.

Published: 20-11-2014 09:35

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