Minister for Communication and Information Minendra Rijal has expressed the government’s commitment for providing professional and physical security to the journalists.
Minister Rijal expressed this commitment after receiving a memorandum from Human rights Journalists’ Association (HURJA) at his office in Singha Durbar on Sunday.
“The government has no confusion that only when the media sector is strong, democracy, human rights, press freedom and peace will remain strong,” he said.
The Ministry is studying the report of the Minimum Wages Fixing Committee on how to properly implement the suggestions of the report, Rijal, who is also a government spokesperson, said.
He also made it clear that the professional security of journalists is at risk due to the poor implementation of the Working Journalists Act.
He further said that the ministry is ready to resolve problems related to media sector with the collaboration of all stakeholders.
In the memorandum, HURJA has drawn the attention of Minister Rijal on properly implementing the Working Journalists’ Act and recommendations of the Minimum Wages Fixing Committee for the Physical and Professional Security.
Meanwhile, inaugurating the 10th annual general meeting (AGM) of the Broadcasting Association of Nepal (BAN) in Kathmandu Sunday, Minister Rijal said the government’s main responsibility for the protection and promotion of the Right to Information (RTI).
He added that the government is even ready to formulate additional laws, if they are necessary to protect and promote RTI.