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NEPAL: FNJ against right to information bill

Tara Nath Dahal, president of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ), today said FNJ was opposed to introducing right to information bill through an ordinance

The Kathmandu Post
Tuesday, December 23, 2003

KATHMANDU, Dec 22 - Tara Nath Dahal, president of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ), today said FNJ was opposed to introducing right to information bill through an ordinance. The bill is being sent to the palace soon, according to Dahal.

He was of the opinion that the bill on the right to information have certain objectionable provisions which would "create unfavourable situation" to the press. "It will close every door of information in the country," he claimed.

He made the remarks while launching a report prepared by the "Journalism Study Group of Ratna Rajya Laxmi College".

He said journalists needed to work more carefully as it was becoming tough for journalists to get information following the unstable political scenario of the country.

He said it would not matter to such journalists who were misusing the press pass issued by FNJ. According to him, there were some people who were taking undue advantage of press pass.

Highlighting the report prepared on "Journalists in the Moffusil", he said the report would be a supportive factor for further research and study on the issues of journalists in the moffusil.

Tularam Adhakari co-ordinator of the research team said they had to face lots of problem during their visits to different parts of the country for study. "We did not get any support from the college and the journalism department," he remarked. The research was conducted within the major cities of five developmental regions of the country.

According to him, the third year students of Diploma in Journalism conducted the research as the practical requirement for their course.

Triratna Manandhar, Dean of the Department of Humanities at the Tribhuvan University (TU) said that due to the lack of fund, TU had not been able to support such programmes.

However, consoling the students, he informed that Ratna Rajya Laxmi College is to receive Rs.500,000 per year for the period of five years to set upstudio for the practical classes of journalism at the college.

Asia Institute