TBN condemns govt for annulling Avenues TV licence

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 26, 2015-

Television Broadcasters Nepal (TBN), an umbrella body of private televisions, has condemned the government move to revoke the licence of Avenues Television, terming it as irresponsible act.

In a press statement issued on Tuesday, the TBN protested the unexpected termination of the Avenues TV’s licence by the Ministry of Information and Communications on May 21.

“TBN strongly opposes the irresponsible act of violating the rights of press freedom and freedom of expression, obstructing the broadcast, terrorising media and discouraging the huge investment and employment in the media sector,” TBN Vice-president Ganesh Kumar Aggrawal said in the statement.

The TBN has demanded the government and concerned stakeholders to immediately roll back such undemocratic decision and create an environment conducive for smooth functioning of the media.

“It is unfortunate that the government sent an ill-intentioned letter, instead of providing security and relief to the media houses at this time of national crisis created by the devastating earthquakes,” the statement said, adding that the constitution of Nepal has enshrined the provision to allow any media houses to broadcast and publish news without any hindrance.

Published: 27-05-2015 07:08

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