NHRC urges government to respect freedom of press, expression

eAdarsha.com Reporter
Jun 06, 2020

Kathmandu, June 6: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the government to bring short term, midterm and longterm plan and programmes for the journalists’ safety.

Issuing a press statement today, NHRC Spokesperson Bed Prasad Bhattarai has said such programmes are essential to control misbehaviour and violence against journalists.

The payment to working journalists and their access to information need to be ensured, Spokesperson said, adding that a total of 22 journalists reporting and monitoring the lockdown faced spate of intimidation- arrest, attack, threat and misbehaviour.

“They were also denied information by the government offices; some of them did not get payment and faced condition to quit the profession and many media were bound to close service.

It not only deprives citizens of their right to information but also the expression,” the statement added.