KATHMANDU: Nepalese Journalist trade organization the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) on Friday announced its week-long protest against what it termed as the anti-press provisions that were included in the proposed Media Council Bill.
A meeting of the FNJ Central Committee members available in the city decided to organised the protest. The FNJ had earlier held consultation meeting with stakeholders to garner suggestions about the protest.
The proposed bill was registered in the Parliament secretariat on Thursday. The FNJ said the government forwarded the bill without having consultations with stakeholders. The FNJ, the umbrella organisation of the Nepali journalists accused that some provisions included in the bill would curtail the press freedom by controlling the proposed media council.
The FNJ demanded with the government to withdraw the bill and forward it only after having consultation and gaining consensus with the stakeholders by considering the spirit of the country’s constitution and international norms and values.
The FNJ also urged the government to correct the anti press provisions in the Advertisement bill and Information Technology Bill that are currently in the parliament and awaiting the House endorsement.
It also urged the government to seek consensus and hold consultation with stakeholders while drafting bills that have direct bearing with mass communication and public service broadcasting sectors.
As per its protest plan, the FNJ will hold consultation with the former office-bearers of the FNJ, editors, lawyers and media experts on May 12.
It will submit memorandum to the Speaker and National Assembly chair on May 13, hold consultation with the parliament’s thematic committee chairs and members on May 14, tie black ribbons while working on May 15 and hold nation wide protest in all district headquarters with communication materials.
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