Scribes more insecure after April 2006: Bista

Kavre, October 28:

General secretary of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists, Mahendra Bista, said today that journalists in the country are feeling more insecure after the restoration of democracy.

He said this while speaking at a ceremony to mark the 14th anniversary of Cheshta weekly published from here.

“There were 943 cases of atrocities against journalists in the 18 months after the

establishment of democracy through the Jana Andolan II. During this period, a

journalist was killed and 260 others were arrested. Altogether, 300 journalists and a media house were attacked and the government pretends that it has no idea of what is going on,” he said.

“The government’s policy of impunity has also affected the media,” he said, adding: “The government has remained silent even after it gets information regarding abduction of a journalist,” he said.

Central member of the FNJ Surya Thapa laid emphasis on the restructuring of the media sector and full implementation of Working Journalists’ Act throughout the country.

On the occasion, CPN (UML) standing committee member Keshav Badal said the media should give proper and correct information to people.

“People have the right to information and the media should give right information,” he said.