HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Media persons and representatives of media houses today protested attacks on media and mediapersons.
Speaking at a programme here in the capital, they said attacking the media on the ground that journalists wrote news, was unjustified and inappropriate.
They have decided to sit for talks with bandh enforcers to make them commit that they will refrain from attacking the press. They also said they were being very patient at the eleventh hour of the statute writing process. Participants at the interaction comprised members of Federation of Nepali Journalists, Press Union Nepal, Press Chautari Nepal, and Revolutionary Journalists Union.
FNJ also submitted a memorandum to Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar. The team led by FNJ chairman Shiva Gaunle urged him to provide security to media workers.
They complained to the Home Minister saying mediapersons were beaten up, press vehicles vandalised and torched under the very nose of the police. They also demanded compensation for the loss and damage to vehicles and free treatment of injured journalists.
The Home Minister promised a special strategic security plan for the safety of mediapersons. Yesterday, dozens of media vehicles were torched, media persons were attacked by Bandh enforcers belonging to NEFIN, drawing condemnation from all sides.