Journos seek ‘full press freedom’ in new statute

KATHMANDU: Mediapersons and institutions related to media have called for ensuring the provision of full press freedom in Preamble of the new constitution.

Though the provision of “full press freedom” was mentioned in the Preamble of Interim Constitution, the preliminary draft of new constitution only mentioned “press freedom” in the Preamble. Media experts have objected to the new provision, adding it has narrowed down the press sector.

Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) President Mahendra Bista commented that the new provision of press freedom instead of full press freedom has delimitated the press sector.

He informed that the FNJ is planning to submit a memorandum to the Constituent Assembly Chairman Subas Chandra Nembang to include full press freedom in the constitution.

Talking to the Rastriya Samachar Samiti, chair Bista said that the journalists are also asking for justifiable answers as to why the provision of full press freedom was not mentioned in Preamble of the new constitution.

Likewise, Press Council Nepal Chairman Borna Bahadur Karki, talking to RSS, said that some provisions related to the press sector should be corrected, but not mentioning the word 'full' press freedom does not mean there was no press freedom.

Mediapersons and experts of the sector are stressing on full press freedom in the new constitution soon after the Constitution Drafting Committee tabled its first draft in the CA.