DPM Pokharel says justice will be done to Nirmala

Kathmandu, September 16

“The constitution guarantees freedom of the press and the right to freedom of expression and opinion, but journalists should not misuse this right.” He also hinted that security personnel might have been involved in the Nirmala Panta rape and murder case.  “If security personnel are involved, they should be punished. However, journalists should not misuse their right to malign anybody they want,” he said.

Govinda Acharya, president of the Federation of Nepali Journalists, said that though journalists were helping the government, the latter was trying to curtail press freedom.

Acharya claimed that journalists were being intimidated by the state.

Four journalists were also awarded during the programme. Online Khabar journalist Santa Gaha Magar was awarded with Sancharika Equality Award, which carries a purse of Rs 15,000. Likewise, Gita Kuwar of Annapurna Post was honoured  with Late Uma Singh Journalism Award with a purse of Rs 7,111, while Sancharika Encouragement Award was conferred on Silpa Karna of Kantipur Daily and Barsha Shah of Desh Sanchar.

Founder general secretary of Sancharika Samuha Bandhana Rana said the number of women journalists were increasing in the country and that was a positive sign.

A version of this article appears in print on September 17, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

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