Nepal scribes protest to demand press freedom
Journalists said that they will continue with the protests until total press freedom is restored in the Himalayan Kingdom.india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 13:16 IST
Hundreds of journalists marched through the streets of Kathmandu on Wednesday morning demanding freedom of the press and democratic rights.
Some 500 journalists attended a programme coinciding with the 51st anniversary of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) that started from Nayabaneshwor in Kathmandu and later converged into a protest meeting at Maitighar, Mandala.
FNJ President Bishnu Nisthuri, senior journalist Homnath Dahal, past presidents of FNJ Taranath Dahal and Suresh Acharya addressed the gathering and demanded the government lift all media curbs, restore total press freedom and stop harassment of journalists.
The struggle of the journalists that began from the time King Gyanendra seized absolute power in February last year will not end unless total press freedom is restored in the country, Nisthuri said.
The journalists' movement of Nepal has got wide support from international media organisations and rights groups so it is heading towards success, he pointed out.
Various rights groups and professional organisations including Human Rights and Peace Society Nepal, Nepal University Teachers Association, Nepal Engineers Association, and civil society members have also participated in the programme extending solidarity to the FNJ's fight.