HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Leaders of three major parties and journalists today called on the government to effectively implement existing laws to guarantee journalists’ security.
Participants in the seminar, ‘Role of Press Union in Highlighting Working Journalists’ Issues’, said mediapersons were under threat from both state and non-state actors due to lax security in the country.
“Insecurity among working journalists has become the order of the day. This is a reflection of the erosion of state authority,” said senior Nepali Congress leader Ram Sharan Mahat.
“Not only journalists, but people from all walks of life are working under fear from state and non-state actors,” he said. “The state has become weak like never before in history. Insecurity prevails everywhere,” added Mahat.
UML leader Pradip Gyawali said though the country has succeeded in taking a giant leap forward in terms of political rights, it still has miles to go to ensure the rights of mediapersons.
“The government is watching helplessly as the threat against journalists grows. It is also yet to regulate media houses,” he alleged. Gyawali also appealed to all media houses to see if the news is balanced and credible.
UCPN-M leader Narayan Sharma said journalists should play a vital role in institutionalising the achievements of democratic movements and work without prejudice.
Kiran Pokharel, president of Nepal Press Union, highlighted the role of the union in promoting press freedom and journalists’ security.
Journalist and former president of Federation of Nepali Journalists Taranath Dahal presented a working paper on ‘Contemporary Problems in Nepali Media and Role of Press Union’. He stressed on making the state and media houses serious towards implementing the Labour Act and the Working Journalists Act.