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Interference on press intolerable-NC President

POKHARA: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has said interference on the press would in no way be tolerable to the NC.
Inaugurating the ninth convention of the Nepal Press Union Kaski chapter and prize distribution ceremony in Pokhara today, the former Prime Minister accused the incumbent government of concentrating efforts to muzzle the press freedom.
Free press and democracy are inseparable components, he said, expressing confidence that the NC would always struggle for safeguarding democracy and defending free press.
He also blamed that the government has encountered failures in every sector. The government, which distributed dreams in the past without a base, has not been able to deliver to live up to people’s expectations, Deuba claimed.
On the occasion, President Deuba handed over the Press Union National Journalism Award to senior journalist duo, Kabir Rana and Samir Jung Shah. The award, instituted by NPU Kaski chapter, carries a purse of Rs 35,555 and was jointly presented to Rana and Shah.
Also speaking on the occasion, NPU central President Badri Sigdel and Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) Chair Govinda Acharya called for journalists to struggle for press freedom through fair journalism practices.
NPU Kaski President Shiromani Baral presided over the programme.

Published Date: Sunday, February 24th, 2019 | 12:14 AM

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