World Press Freedom Day rally in Kathmandu
World Press Freedom Day rally in Kathmandu

World Press Freedom Day rally in Kathmandu


A rally was organised Thursday morning in Kathmandu to mark the World Press Freedom Day 2018.

The rally led by Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) was held under the banner ‘Observation of Power: Media, Justice and Rule of Law’. The rally started from Babarmahal and converged into a corner meeting at New Baneshwar, according to a report in The Himalayan Times.

Addressing the corner meeting, FNJ President Govinda Acharya said, press freedom was embedded into the constitution’s preamble, but it was not being implemented in practice.

He cautioned over government’s effort to formulate new laws that could curtail press freedom. The FNJ President was of the view that media organisations must themselves hold regular monitoring to make the press disciplined and responsible.

Former FNJ President Mahendra Bista stated that the scenario of press freedom was improving, however, he stressed on the continuing incidents of physical attacks on journalists.

FNJ President Govinda Acharya, along with former presidents of the Federation, making public an annual report on journalists’ security after the rally organised from Babarmahal to New Baneshwar on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, in Kathmandu, on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Likewise, former FNJ President Taranath Dahal noted the growing impunity in the backdrop of failure to bring into justice those who attack journalists. The World Press Freedom Day is being marked across the globe today. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday said he was optimistic about the prospects for progress on the issue of North Korea's nuclear programme after recent diplomatic moves by Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington. (UNI)