PM Deuba calls for more contribution from media sector

KATHMANDU, Aug 20: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that the media sector has played a significant role for the consolidation of democratic republic in the country.

Inaugurating the 25th general convention of the Federation of Nepali Journalists in Kathmandu on Sunday, he said the journalism sector has had a very important contribution to the changes that have taken place in various points of time in the country, and called for more contribution from the sector in the nation building process henceforth.

On the occasion, the Prime Minister said, “There are many media in Nepal, they are financially weak and I understand well the difficulties in journalism”.

Stating that the constitution has guaranteed the right to expression and full press freedom, he said that all the elections should be held as per schedule for implementing the new constitution.

Also speaking at the program, Minister for Information and Communications Mohan Bahadur Basnet expressed the commitment to enforce media policy and the minimum wage of working journalists. He however stressed on the need to make the journalism sector respected as well as independent.

UML leader Yogesh Bhattarai, NC leader Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat and CPN (MC) leader Pampha Bhusal also extended best wishes for the success of the general convention.

The general convention will elect a 45-member new working committee for a term of three years. A total of 1,515 journalists are participating in the general convention. Around 10,000 journalists are associated with the FNJ, an umbrella organization of journalists from across the country.

At the inaugural function, Prime Minister Deuba presented the ‘Krishna Prasad Bhatatrai National Journalism Award, established by FNJ, to journalist Bijay Kumar Pandey. The award carries a purse of Rs 100,000.

Similarly, ‘Govinda Biyogi National Journalism Award’ and ‘Krishna Sen ‘Ichchuk’ National Journalism Award were presented to senior journalist Bhairab Risal and Komal Baral respectively. Each carries a purse of RS 50,000.

Likewise, journalist Seema Singh Sharma was awarded with the ‘Uma Singh National Journalism Award’ while ‘Gauri Kathayat Memorial Journalism Award’ was presented to Pushkar Thapa (postmothously). Each award carries a purse of Rs 25,000.

The ‘Freedom Fighter Award’ was presented to 12 persons including Harsha Subba (Sunsari), Ashok Rauniyar (Dhanusha), Basanta Pokharel (Rupandehi) and Ram Bahadur KC (Sindhupalchowk). RSS 

Photo: Mukunda Kalikote