Barring of media gets ire

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Mar 7, 2018-

The Supreme Court’s decision to bar media from reporting the statement recording process in a contempt of court case against Kantipur Daily is against the principle of press freedom, media experts have said.

During the hearing process, journalists were barred citing “order from above”. “In other cases, journalists are allowed to witness the hearing. However, in the case related to the Kantipur daily, there was no access to journalists, which aims to limit press freedom,” said Shiva Gaunle, former chairman of the Federation of Nepali Journalists who specialises on court reporting.

“There are certain procedures of the court which must be respected by media. However, there should be not any obstacles to journalists. People’s access to judiciary is guaranteed through press which must be protected,” he added. “If there is no access to press, people will not know what is happening in court,” he said. Secretary at the Federation of Nepali Journalists Ram Prasad Dahal said there should be no obstruction for journalists while reporting. “The FNJ is of the view that all organisations must give journalists access,” said Dahal. (PR)

Published: 07-03-2018 07:20

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