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Stakeholders call for making journalism related laws


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2023 May 03, 17:29, Kathmandu

Stakeholders have demanded the making of laws related to journalism. Eight years into the promulgation of the constitution, communications related laws are yet to be made, they expressed their concerns at an interaction organised here today by the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) on the occasion of the World Press Freedom.

On the occasion, chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission Tapa Bahadur Magar said it is the responsibility of the State to ensure rights of press freedom as guaranteed by the constitution.

Former FNJ Presidents Govinda Acharya and Dr Mahendra Bista stressed the need for carrying out policy and structural improvements in the press sector.

Similarly, President of the Nepal Press Union Shiva Lamsal, and chairperson of the Press Centre Nepal Bishnu Sapkota underscored the need for the stakeholders to be active in making communications related laws.

Meanwhile, 55 incidents of the violation of press freedom have been registered with the FNJ in a period of one year (from May 3, 2022 to 26 April, 2023), according to a report made public today by the FNJ. The FNJ saw the registration of 75 such incidents during the same period last year. 

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