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Speaker calls attention to mass communications bill

2023 Mar 03, 16:30, Kathmandu

Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Dev Raj Ghimire has advised the Press Council Nepal (PCN) to draw the attention of lawmakers toward the need of endorsing the Mass Communications Bill.

Speaking at an event organised here today on the occasion of International Women's Day by the PCN, the Speaker said "I personally and institutionally am ready to take suggestions in bringing the bill related to mass communications and amending the Press Council Act (PCA) in time."

It is the responsibility of lawmakers to discuss and pass bills. In another context, he said the State was aware of security of journalists, especially of women.

Similarly, PCN Chairperson Bal Krishna Basnet through the Speaker drew the attention of the government to amend the act related to communications, and the Press Council Act, 2048. "Old definition of the media cannot accommodate its new dimensions. These acts should be amended immediately," he said.

 There is a need to effectively implement the journalist code of conduct to make media women-friendly, he stressed.

Also, the President of the Federation of Nepali Journalists Bipul Pokharel viewed that increasing women's involvement in journalism was a positive move. He urged all stakeholders to make media gender-friendly.


Devraj Ghimire Speaker House of Representatives Press Council Nepal Mass Communications Bill international women's day Bal Krishna Basnet Press Council Act Code of Conduct Bipul Pokharel
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