KATHMANDU: With the approaching elections, various political parties have started to draw the attention of different sectors of the society. In this bid, CPN (UML) has vowed to include issues related to journalistic rights in their election manifesto for the upcoming Constituent Assembly election.
The leaders of CPN (UML) said so at an interaction on the issues of journalists organized by the party in Kathmandu on Tuesday. The interaction saw participation of representatives from different media houses, media academicians, researchers and development communication experts.
CPN (UML) Publicity department Chief Pradip Gyanwali said that his party stands for full-fledged press freedom. He further said that under no pretext the state can be allowed to hold the press hostage. Gyanwali maintained that his party opposed foreign investment in media and was against the system which allowed an entrepreneur to own different forms of media. He insisted that media should produce diversified contents to “inform and address diverse ethnic communities.”
President of Federation of Nepali Journalists Shiva Gaunle said that media workers in Nepal are facing financial insecurity. “Media houses are unable to provide minimum wages to the media workers,” he said.
Media expert Raghu Mainali said that there should be parallel development of both the media houses and journalists to ensure the prosperity of press.
Asserting that Nepali media were Kathmandu centric, Professor P Kharel said, “Kathmandu centered media produce capital centric information and rest of the country are forced to accept it.”
Media sector has been passing through difficult stage as the numbers of media are quiet big as compared to volume of advertisement market. Many media houses have even not been able to pay remuneration to journalists and there have been incidents of media owners becoming hostile when they demand their salaries. FNJ and other media related organizations are alleged for not working in favor of rights of the media persons.
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