BANKE: Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Gokul Prasad Banskota, has said that Media Council Bill tabled by the government at the Parliament would not be withdrawn. At a news conference organised by Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Banke, at Nepalgunj on Sunday, Minister Banskota said that discussion could be held on the bill, but it would not be withdrawn.
He said, “The bill is in favour of working journalists. No one will be punished for providing right information. The bill will regulate the wrong doers.”
Suggesting the journalists to go through the bill first, the Communications Minister said that problems would not be resolved with street protest. Discussion on the bill was underway in the Parliament, so there was no reason to launch agitation, he stressed.
Minister Banskota pointed out that the trend of demonstrating demanding withdrawal of the bill soon after its registration was wrong. He said, “The government is guardian. It cannot put its children in problem. This bill has not been brought to put the children in problem.”
“The bill will clearly mention whether media house will become ‘fake’ or fact. We have brought the bill to save reputation of journalism”, said the Communications Minister.
He further said that preparation was underway to form Advertisement Authority to distribute public welfare advertisement in a proportional manner, saying that attempts are being made to establish access of all to the advertisement.
Inspecting the land of Gorkhapatra Sansthan at Kohalpur of Banke on Sunday itself, Minister Banskota said that publication of Gorkhapatra Sansthan would be started from Kohalpur within a year targeting three states.
Similarly, he also monitored the optical fiber laying task, begun from Nepalgunj. Optical fiber laying task has been started targeting the Karnali and Sudurpaschim states as per government’s campaign ‘digital Nepal’.
On the occasion, Minister Banskota directed the construction companies and bodies concerned to carry out activities to complete optical fiber laying task within two years. RSS
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