We are seeking outlet with national interest, self dignity,

Kathmandu, Jan 16: The Govinda Biyogi Trust has conferred the Govinda Biyogi Journalism Award on senior journalist duo Parashuram Ghimire and Tanka Panta.

The Trust awarded them in recognition of their contribution to the promotion of democratic values by means of professional journalism.

Minister for Information and Communications Sherdhan Rai handed over the Govinda Biyogi Journalism Award carrying Rs 25,001 and a copper plaque citation to Ghimire, editor of the Tarun vernacular weekly at a programme organised by the Editors Society Nepal here today.

Similarly, Minister Rai handed the Govinda Biyogi Special Journalism Award carrying a purse of Rs 15,000 to journalist Panta at the same function.

The Society also honoured senior journalist Ram Chandra Neupane with the title of Senior Journalist for making special contribution to the development of the journalism sector of the country remaining active in the profession for half a century.

A collection of the editorials published for a decade in the Matribhumi weekly from 2031 BS to 2041 BS was also launched on the occasion. The weekly has played a leading role in the country’s struggle for democracy.

Addressing the programme, Minister Rai said that the government was providing leadership to the country regarding giving a political outlet from the current impasse keeping the national interest, self-dignity and independence at the centre and with a clear stance and perspective.

“The government has been moving forward standing on the foundation of the constitution protecting its spirit and main essence for giving a political outlet to the country at the earliest and taking it to a normal situation,” Minister Rai, who is also the government spokesman, said.

Calling upon all the people to focus on building a new Nepal taking the post-earthquake reconstruction campaign that started from today as the basis, he said that for this to happen all need to have positive thought and mindset as well as foremost the spirit of patriotic feeling.

Chairman of the Press Council Nepal Borna Bahadur Karki said that although the journalism has expanded and developed following the establishment of democracy, there is no concrete outline regarding the next goal and issues.

President of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) Dr Mahendra Bista said that the editorials penned by the late Govinda Biyogi, who taught about following on the path of professional journalism and no space given for raising any questions over it, express the solid views on political and social fairness and independence. He added that the views expressed in these editorials are equally relevant and true today.

Award-recipient Ghimire said the late Biyogi is immortal in the country’s journalism sector, calling for the government’s protection to the weekly newspapers that are currently facing an existential crisis.

Senior journalist Hiranyalal Shrestha launched the collection of the editorials.