Free press under attack
The hindering of the distribution of THT and Annapurna Post by the cycle boys who deliver these papers and are affiliated to the Maoist trade union should be condemned. The media played an important role during the April movement and it is the media which has raised the Maoists to a high level.
Instead of hampering dissemination of news, they should support the media in its efforts to inform and educate the general public. We as readers express our solidarity with THT for its continued effort to keep us informed even in difficult times.
Krishna Neupane, Minbhawan
The freedom of the press suffered when the boys who deliver THT and Annapurna Post refused to do their job. Delivery boys, as a rule, are hired by distributors and nowhere in their recruitment are the publishers involved. So their demand that they be made direct employees of the publishers is wrong. This incident reminds us that the Maoists are still against the free media.
Guru Dristi, Narayangadh
At this time of crisis, we readers fully stand behind THT. The Maoists should understand that by disrupting the functioning of the free media they are making themselves unpopular and hindering people’s right to information. This might affect their prospects in the CA polls.
Raj Budhathoki and Shyam Razak, Baluwatar
“Sitaula’s misquote slur on media” (THT, July 22) reminds readers of the mud-slinging practice in Nepali politics. Even after the political change brought about by the April
movement and the lofty promises of the political leaders, the politicians and the agitating parties do not seem to have understood their responsibilities well. They should not quarrel over trifles, but should rather focus on resolving the challenges facing the country, including the all-important Tarai unrest.
Manit Devkota, Ratopul
Darren S Nance, the director of the Carter Centre in Nepal, rightly sums up the Tarai situation as being grave in the letter “Jimmy Carter misquoted” (THT, July 20). He makes the right
suggestion for holding dialogue with the armed and other marginalised groups. On the other hand, Home minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula is trying to suppress the voice of the Madhesis through force. It would be in the interest of both the government and the Madhesis if serious talks were held between the government and the agitating groups.
Prabhu Ray Yadav,
It is unfortunate that the British government is neglecting the demands of the Gurkha soldiers who have served the British crown for almost 200 years. Quite unfairly, the British
government has been providing the ex-Gurkhas with far less in pension and perks as compared to their British counterparts. The Gurkhas have been demanding their legitimate rights and not begging for alms.
Yam Gurung, Watford