Monthly Media Monitoring Report / May 2013
Obstacle on Free Flow of Information
3 May 2013/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of the Supreme Court of Nepal not allowing the entry of journalists at a hearing. The FNJ is also worried and sad that a constitutional body that is believed to ensure press freedom and freedom of expression is resorting to such activity.
FNJ in strong words condemns any such activities conducted under any excuse in muzzling the press and requests Rt. Honorable Acting Chief Justice to arrange ways to manage ways to immediately take back the prohibition of media. At the same time, FNJ also makes a special request to journalists to collect news and report keeping in mind the respect and honor the Court.
FNJ concerned over press workers’ strike
10 May 2013/Kaski: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of around one dozen regular newspapers not being able to be published in Kaski (Western Region of Nepal) due to protests by All Nepal Communications, Printing and Publications Workers’ Union (ANCPPWU). According to FNJ Kaski Chapter, the daily newspapers which were supposed to hit the stands today could not be published as the workers working in the press are on strike with their 11-point demand including permanent appointment letters and accident insurance.
Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) requests the workers on strike to be serious on the fact that not allowing newspapers to be published is against the right of the general public to be informed. Hence, FNJ also requests all concerned parties to sit for talks and create an environment where the demands could be met amicably without disrupting the regular publication of the newspapers.
At the same time, Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) also makes a special request to the press management to fulfill the just demands raised by the press workers and respect the freedom of expression by creating an atmosphere to ensure publication of the newspapers as early as possible.
21 May 2013/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of the copies of Rajdhani Daily which were taken under control right from the the printing press by the activists of All Nepal Revolutionary Communication Printing and Publication Workers Union (ANCPPWU) on 19 May 2013. The newspapers were to be distributed in Kathmandu Valley and surrounding areas.
The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) views this incident as a direct interference on the press freedom and freedom of expression and strongly condemns such an act that violates the right of the general public to be informed. FNJ does not believe that the incident of newspaper capture and prohibiting distribution will solve any problem.
FNJ would like to drawn the attention of all concerned parties to sit for talks and create an environment where the demands could be met amicably and immediately stop the disruption over the newspapers distribution. Also FNJ would like to drawn the attention of the government to stop the activity of distributing on newspaper distribution.
Obstacle on free flow of Information
19 May 2013/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of the president of News 24 Television, Anil Joshi had force employees to quit the job by issuing the threat while they were pressuring the management for the salary.
Journalists of news 24 had struggling for the Minimum and regular wages as well as implementation of professional journalist act. President Anil Joshi said he’s not going give salary for more one year and he can do anything over any pressure despite the fact is that he committed by signed the document over their demands. A group of professional Journalist including Pramod Neupane, Prabhat Devkota, Anup Acharya were resigned after threats issued from Joshi. They also giving mentally torture to other working journalist by scaring them and prohibited to work. FNJ warns the management team to immediate stop illegal and anti press activity, provide all facilities to journalists according the constitution and rules and regulation and creates free working atmosphere. Otherwise FNJ would be forced to do any step for establish the professional right of journalists.
Similarly, federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of vandalized the vehicle of Bhuwan Bhatta FNJ councilor and affiliated with Image Channel by unidentified group. According the journalist Bhatta front part of vehicle (No Ba 2 Cha 9009) is damaged by attacked with helmet and iron rod at Gwarko, near to guna cinema hall while journalist Bhatta was on the way to Gwarko from Baneshwar around 9:30 AM. Vandalize the vehicle of journalist by anybody is the anti press activity. FNJ feels this kind of activity is against the constitutional right of journalist. FNJ condemns the incident and demands the government immediately find and punish the guilty as well as compensation for damaged vehicle.
28 May 2013/Sunsari: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of a group of journalists who received death threats. The journalist comprised Somnath Bastola, FNJ Councilor and Sunsari Correspondent of Annapurnapost by Hem Karna Poudel, President of Nepali Congress Itahari Town, Sunsari (Eastern Region of Nepal) on 25 May 2013.
President Poudel threatened the journalists by organizing the press conference. He threatened the journalists of physical attack comprising Bastola as saying the news has continuously published about Surya Rai (Kande), Central Member of Nepal Student Union, who was arrested in various criminal cases.
Threats to journalist over any excuses are the interference on the press freedom and freedom of expression. FNJ believes this kind of activity demoralized and deficient the professional role of press. FNJ condemns this irresponsible activity which occurred by the responsible activist of responsible Party as one has way to express dissatisfactory over published news. FNJ demands the leaders of concerned party to respect the constitutional right of press by punishing the guilty and also demands the government to give more attention on the security of the journalists and make a free working atmosphere.