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PM says govt committed to protect journalists

N24, KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai has said that the government is determined to protect the nation’s media, media houses and journalists.

The prime minister expressed this determination in a meeting with a delegation of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) that had reached his office at Singha Durbar today to draw his attention regarding Jhapa-based journalist Yadav Paudel’s killing.

The FNJ deputation had gone to meet the prime minister to draw his attention on the local administration’s failure to identify Paudel’s killers and bring them to book.

In the meeting with the FNJ delegation, Prime Minister Bhattarai expressed the confidence that legal action would be soon initiated against the culprits as they have already been identified.

He vowed that attacks on the Press would not be condoned and tolerated under any circumstances.

FNJ president Shiva Gaunle on the occasion drew the prime minister’s attention to the delay in the government’s initiation for making public Paudel’s murderers and called on the government to immediately bring the culprits to book as the attempts to hide the facts about the ‘premeditated’ murder by the Jhapa district administration and its failure to catch the criminals has raised doubts on the intention of the district administration.

He suggested that the government should be serious and work towards removing the impunity in relation to incidents of attack on Fourth Estate of the state.
The FNJ delegation drew the government’s attention to the need of immediately making public Paudel’s killers, making provision for the livelihood of Paudel’s dependants and paying attention to the education of Paudel’s children.

The delegation comprised president Gaunle, FNJ former president SDharmendra Jha, general secretary Om Sharma and representatives of different organizations. RSS

Published Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 | 01:17 AM

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