Kathmandu- President of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Govinda Acharya, has said Nepali media needs restructuring in view of the new constitution and spirit of the federal democratic republic. Issuing a press release on the occasion of its 64th anniversary on Friday, FNJ President Acharya said it was closely watching the formulation of media policy and laws in all federal, provincial and local levels and urging the governments for press freedom friendly policies.
He demanded the implementation of Nepal’s constitution and National Mass Media Policy 2073, and urged the government to ensure legal and structural arrangements on information and communications accordingly. The FNJ President further underscored the need of full implementation of Working Journalists’ Act, recognition of media as communication industry, promotion of small and nonprofit media, establishment of media training academy in each province, arrangement of health insurance, implementation of proportional advertisement policy, restructuring of Press Council, livelihood allowance to senior and disabled journalists among others.
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President Acharya also requested the media houses and journalists to produce news for the country’s prosperity and development. He however expressed worry over same trend of hostility to media, unaddressed impunity and self censorship though the number of press freedom violations was decreased. President Acharya reiterated FNJ’s commitment that it would continue its campaign for journalists’ rights, press freedom and democracy untiringly.