Journos call off protest for seven days

Pokhara, December 29:

Central president of the Federation of Nepali Journalists, Dharmendra Jha, said the agitation of the journalists had been suspended for seven days since the government had pledged to meet FNJ’s 10-point demand.

Speaking at a meeting organised by the FNJ western regional committee here today, he said the agitation had not only been suspended. He warned the continuation of the agitation if the government failed to implement the agreements.

“The press freedom we are looking for is editorial freedom,” he said, adding, “The government should guarantee the freedom of journalists and their rights to write in a newspaper.”

Saying that democracy could not work without press freedom, he emphasised the importance of incorporating the working journalists’ act in the new constitution.