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Last Updated: Thu, 11.10.12 18:37

'Press freedom precondition for democracy'

Representatives of government and non-government organisations have stressed on the need for assurance of press freedom and its implementation to sustain democracy in the country.

Speaking at a programme on ' Freedom of expression and security of journalists' organised by Human Rights Journalists Association (HURJA) in Kathmandu, secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister Raju Man Singh Malla informed that the government was adopting the policy to provide security and proper working condition to the journalists thereby making journalists more responsible.

The government has already singed 22 international human rights-related conventions for the protection and promotion of human rights in Nepal, according to him.

Secretary of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Bishal Khanal emphasised on the security of journalists and fear-free working environment for them

Chairperson of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Shiva Gaule expressed dissatisfaction towards government saying that the government has failed to provide security to journalists.

Representative of German Embassy Tika Prasad Dhakal stressed on the effective role of journalists in the transitional period of the country.

Similarly, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jaya Bahadur Chand underscored need for implementation of journalistic code of conduct.

Presenting working paper, senior journalist Yuba Raj Ghimire said that proper implementation of code of conduct would help minimise the risks to the journalists. nepalnews.com