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Minister says not in condition to fill madheshi journalist in government media houses

Minister for Information and Communication Raj Kishor Yadav speaking at the Reporters Club Nepal on Tuesday, a day after he took over the ministerial chair that was earlier held by his party chairman J P Gupta. (Photo: Reporters Club Nepal)
Minister for Information and Communication Raj Kishor Yadav

KATHMANDU: Minister for Information and Communications, Raj Kishor Yadav has said that he could not make media houses inclusive, despite his wishes to do so.

“Even though I had tried my best to make the State-run media houses like the Nepal Television, Radio Nepal, Gorkhapatra Sansthan and the Rastriya Samachar Samiti inclusive, I could not be totally successful in my goal,” said the Communications Minister.

During his meeting with pro-Madhes journalists who are on a hunger strike, calling for making media houses inclusive, Minister Yadav said he was not in a condition to address the demand.

He suggested to those media workers from the Madhesi, Dalit, women and ethnic communities to unite for guaranteeing their rights.

The Madhesi Journalists’ Society Nepal has begun a hunger strike at the hall of the Madhes Media House, accusing the Ministry, Federation of Nepali Journalists and Kathmandu-based media houses of violating the principle of inclusiveness.

The society has also called for ending discriminations on the categorization of the Madhes-centric newspapers and has warned of continuing the strike  until and unless its demand is addressed. RSS

Published Date: Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 | 04:07 AM

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