Press Council finds Tarai media violating code, warns of action

KATHMANDU: Concluding that some Tarai-based media houses and a Kathmandu-based television violated the Journalists Code of Conduct, Press Council Nepal, the statutory media monitoring body, directed them to apologise for the errors or to face further action.

The PCN Code of Conduct Monitoring Sub-Committee held a meeting today and concluded that Janakpur-based Radio Mithilanchal, Kathmandu-based News24 TV, Janakpur-based Janakpur Today daily and its online portal as well as Birgunj-based Radio Tarai violated the Code by publishing/broadcasting contents which jeopardised social harmony, national integrity and sovereignty.

Words used by the Janakpur Today for the President during her Janakpur visit last week were undignified and objectionable, it added.

All media, except the Radio Tarai, have been directed to publish/broadcast corrigendum within three days.

It warned that they would face additional action in failure to comply with the directive.

The media operators or news chiefs can approach the PCN to discuss the issues, it suggested.