Nepali Congress leader Prakash Man Singh has pointed out the 'important' role of journalists in safeguarding the constitution.

The press has an important role to play in safeguarding democracy and ensuring the country's development, he said at an event organised here today by the Nepal Press Union, Kathmandu chapter, to congratulate and honour the newly-elected working committee of the Federation of Nepali Journalists.

Journalism is responsible for making people aware by finding out shortcomings of the executive, judiciary and legislature, he said.

Accusing the incumbent government of trying to breach the constitution and interfere with the media, NC leader and former minister of state Udaya Shamsher Rana urged journalists to raise their voice against the wrong doings of the government.

Deputy Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Hari Prabha Khadgi (Shrestha) urged the new FNJ working committee to stand for press freedom and development.

Likewise, newly elected FNJ President Bipul Pokharel expressed pledged that the FNJ working committee under his leadership would work day and night to safeguard democracy and press freedom.

NPU President Badri Sigdel urged the newly-elected FNJ working committee to work for the rights of working journalists. The newly-elected FNJ office bearers at all three levels - centre, province and district, were honoured.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 20, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.