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Nepalese Journalists take to streets in protest of newspaper classification

KATHMANDU: Nepalese Journalists have taken to the streets to protest against the classification of newspapers by the Press Council Nepal in the fiscal year of 2074/75. They have demanded impartiality in the classification process by the Council, an autonomous and independent media regulatory body set up by the government.
A struggle committee has been formed in this regard, and the committee and Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur branches of the Federation of Nepali Journalists submitted a memorandum to the chairperson of the Council, Kishor Shrestha.
They have also warned of a series of protests until correction in the classification is made. Effectiveness of the Council has been questioned as the concerned authorities have been questioning the role of the Council and rechecking committee assigned to do annual classification of newspapers, read the statement signed by coordinator of the central struggle committee, Dipak Pandey, its Kathmandu chapter chairperson, Shanta Ram Bidari, Lalitpur chapter chairperson Gyan Prasad Poudel and Bhaktapur chapter Pushkar Budhathoki. “Complaints that the classification is self-centered, partial, non-transparent and prejudiced have been received from all FNJ branches across the country.
There is a need to address the complaints and move ahead in partnership with the FNJ for responsible and respectable development of journalism,” read the statement.

Published Date: Monday, November 18th, 2019 | 08:59 AM

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