Government trying to stifle press freedom, says Lekhak

Kathmandu, July 5

Nepali Congress central committee member Ramesh Lekhak has accused the government of trying to control the media and stifle press freedom.

Speaking at an interaction ‘Media in the mediation of social cleavages’ organised in the capital today, Lekhak said the government wanted to control free flow of information through the online media directive.

“In the name of online media directive, the government wants to stifle press freedom,” he said. The program was jointly organised by Nepal Press Union and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. He said the government itself was the biggest hurdle to implementing the constitution.

Prakash Rimal, editor of The Himalayan Times presented a papers entitled ‘Challenges Nepali media face’ at the interaction.