Govt media told to play oppn parties’ role

Kathmandu, February 17:

Leaders today said that the government media should play the role of opposition parties and report the wrongdoing of the government.

“The government media, including the Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS), should play the role of opposition parties and bring the woes of the people forward,” said Nepali Congress (NC) spokesperson Arjun Narsingh KC, addressing an interaction on ‘Role of the RSS in the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) polls’, organised by the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) here today.

During the function, organised to mark the 47 anniversary of the RSS, KC said the state-owned news agency should disseminate factual news without being politically biased.

Suggesting that all the government media should be privatised, vice-president of the Jana Morcha Nepal and parliamentarian, Leelamani Pokhrel, said the government media have not been able to compete with the private media.

“The state-run media should be under the control of people as the April 10 CA election is the dream of all the Nepalis and media should also be committed to fulfil this dream”, said Janardan Sharma ‘Pravakar’ a leader of the Maoist. He said the CA polls will be held at any cost.

“As the government media are under the Maoist-run ministry, they should not highlight the activities of the Maoists only,” he said, adding that the state-run media should play a crucial role in educating people about the CA election. President of Rastriya Jana Morcha Chitra Bahadur KC said: “The public think that the government media do not disseminate factual news and favour those who are in power. So the state-run media should be privatised and let them function independently”.

FNJ General Secretary Mahendra Bista said: “The RSS should be made a public media because it is loosing people’s attention and needs government’s support to make it function properly”.

Sameer Jung Shah, president of the Nepal Press Union, said: “Media can flourish only in a republican state. As the government media are not functioning independently, the time has come to privatise them.”

‘Role of media vital for democracy’:

Kathmandu: Minister for Information and Communications, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, has said that the media should play an effective role for strengthening democratic culture and values.

Speaking at the meeting of the Publicity Sub-committee constituted in connection with celebrating the 58th National Democracy Day here on Sunday, Mahara said the materials broadcasted and disseminated by the media should present democracy in an objective, creative and analytical way.

“The revolution in 2007 BS brought about a great political change in the country and the nation should remember that day on which many people had attained martyrdom in that connection,” Mahara said, adding: “But democracy attained through the dedication and sacrifice of the people has been usurped from time to time.” He said all should be cautious that this does not happen in the country now.

Stating the country was still on a campaign for establishing sustainable and lasting democracy, Mahara said efforts aimed at establishing a federal democratic state system through the Constituent Assembly should be remembered on the occasion of the National Democracy Day. Chiefs of the government media, chiefs of the Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur DDCs and FNJ representatives were also present in the meeting . — RSS