Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ). (File photo)
KATHMANDU: The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned about how political parties would address the issue concerning mass communication in their election manifestos.
Presently political parties are working on their election manifestos in view of the elections of the House of Representatives and the Province Assembly.
The voting for the twin elections is taking place on coming November 20 in a single phase.
The umbrella body of journalists said it urges and expects political parties to acknowledge the significance of Free Press, the freedom of expression and its worldwide norms and values, and come up with their commitments accordingly.
The FNJ in a press note said that it hoped that political parties will come up with pledges and programs capable of building a vibrant and prosperous communications sector along with the guarantee of the Free Press and the freedom of expression. It wants the political parties to contribute from their respective sides for the development and promotion of professional journalism.
The FNJ has also decided to meet and interact with the top leadership of all political parties and manifesto drafting committees or task forces in its bid to make them aware of the importance of a free Press and to seek their actions for its promotion.
The FNJ urges one and all to support and collaborate with it over its campaign to enhance press freedom.