Journalists seek action on Rayamajhi panel report

Kathmandu, February 2:

Hundreds of journalists today took to the streets to press the government to make public and implement the Rayamajhi Commission report and end impunity in the country.

The Federation of Nepalese Journalists organised the rally.

The rally began from Bhrikutimandap and went through Shahidgate, Sundhara, Bir Hospital

and ended at Ratnapark, where it converged into a corner meeting.

The rallyists demanded punishment to those officials who suppressed the Jana Andolan II.

Addressing the corner meeting at Ratnapark, the speakers demanded immediate action against the persons found guilty of suppressing the Jana Andolan II, as identified by the high-level investigation commission led by former Supreme Court Justice Krishna Jung Rayamajhi.

FNJ central president Bishnu Nisthuri demanded that the government immediately implemented the Rayamajhi report, which has recommended action against 202 persons, including king Gyanendra, found guilty for human rights violation and misusing state treasury.

He condemned the government’s reluctance to initiate action against the guilty and asked why it had not felt the urgency and need to take action against them.

“We immediately want to see the perpetrators punished,” he said.

He also asked the government to create an environment conducive for journalists to work freely.

Meanwhile, a team comprising Nisthuri, journalists Purna Paudel and Ramesh Bista today left for eastern Terai to monitor the state of press freedom.

Another team comprising FNJ vice president Shiva Gaunle and treasurer Hemanta Kafle will leave tomorrow to monitor the Press situation in Bara, Parsa, Rautahat and Dhanusha districts.