FNJ wants press freedom safeguarded

Bhaktapur, August 24:

The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) today organised a gathering of presidents of FNJ branches based in the Kathmandu Valley.

Presidents and office-bearers of the FNJ branches in the valley took part in the valley-wide meeting organised for the first time in the country.

The meeting decided to hand over a nine-point charter of demands to the government. The journalists’ demands include inclusion of provisions in the new constitution to guarantee press freedom, right to information and security for journalists. The participants also urged the government to implement the Working Journalists Act and give full autonomy to the state-owned media.

The meeting expressed solidarity with the ongoing protest of journalists associated with Nepal One Television and asked the government to ensure the implementation of the 14-point agreement reached between Nepal One management and the government last year. It requested FNJ branches and district committees throughout the country to collect relief for flood victims.