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Don't meddle in our work: Nepalese media to Indian Embassy

Nepalese media today asked the Indian Embassy not to interfere in their affairs after it objected to the reports that Indian joint ventures like Dabur are supplying poor quality products in the market.

world Updated: Aug 29, 2010 20:34 IST

Nepalese media on Sunday asked the Indian Embassy not to interfere in their affairs after it objected to the reports that Indian joint ventures like Dabur are supplying poor quality products in the market.

"Nepalese media are free to choose their content and have fully utilised this right," four media organisations said in a joint statement and asked the Indian Embassy not to interfere in their affairs by violating diplomatic norms.

The media groups issuing statement include Nepal Media Society, Television Broadcasters Nepal, Broadcasting Association of Nepal and Community Radio Publicity Association Nepal.

The Indian Embassy had issued a statement on Friday comes in response to a section of Nepal media's reports alleging that Dabur Nepal, a subsidiary of Dabur India, was supplying sub-standard products.

The Embassy had asked the government to take appropriate action against such unethical practices by a section of the media aiming to discourage the joint venture.

"Some sections of the Nepalese media have given negative publicity to pressurise the joint venture for providing advertisement," the Embassy had said.

According to the Embassy statement "these media houses have been threatening of negative publicity for the release of advertisement."

These Indian joint ventures have made substantial contribution to the Nepalese economy and are providing employment and revenue to the government through export of products, the statement points out.

"The baseless adverse publicity against the products of such joint ventures will not only hit the Nepalese economy and exports but will also deter new foreign direct investments into Nepal," the Embassy had said in the statement.

The Embassy also hoped that authorities will take necessary action against such unethical practices.

However, Federation of Nepalese Journalists, the umbrella organisation of the Nepalese media organisations, has remained silent in the matter.