Govt for media-friendly atmosphere: Foreign Minister Gyawali

09/07/2019

Kathmandu, Sept 7: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, has said government was for the media-friendly atmosphere. At a time when various issues were raised on the Media Council Bill, Foreign Minister Gyawali reiterated that government was clearly for the credibility, transparency and professionalism of media. Inaugurating the Nepal Chapter of World Communicators' Council and South Asia Media Conference here today, the Foreign Minister viewed that media, being the representative of people's voice, should have the contents that serve national welfare, social justice and equality. He stressed on collective discussion on various issues of media to reach common conclusion. The Minister however said the growing divided debate on media issues was challenging. Gyawali reminded that Nepal had moved towards economic prosperity after completing political transition, so positive role was sought from media. He further suggested the media persons that they linked the professionalism with freedom of expression and speech. According to him, all sides' cooperation and collaboration was must for making the Visit Nepal Year 2020 successful. On the occasion, Information Commissioner at the National Information Commission, Yeshoda Timilsina, said time has come to boost media professionalism. The Media Council Bill, which is currently in the parliament, should be passed by holding adequate discussion with the stakeholders. Former Chief of Public Relations Council of India, MB Jayram, hoped that Nepal Chapter of the Communicators' Council would play the role to promote interstate skills, knowledge and capacity in media. Member of the Press Council Nepal, Ishwori Ojha, and General Secretary of Federation of Nepali Journalists, Ramesh Bista, spoke on the present problems facing Nepali media. Nepal Chapter Chairman Laxman Datt Pant viewed that the event would be helpful to reach a common ground to solve problems facing Nepali media sector. The daylong event records special presentation by professor P Kharel on editorial independence in South Asian countries, where editors Pratik Pradhan, Tirtha Koirala, Dharmendra Jha, Prakash Rimal and Jagdish Pokhrel also present views. RSS

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