Nepalese media protest against press restrictions in Pak

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Kathmandu, Nov 16 (UNI) Journalists today took out a demonstration in protest against curbs on media rights in Pakistan under the emergency imposed by President Pervez Musharraf.

Federation of Nepalese Journalists and media rights organisations also submitted a memorandum to the Pakistani Embassy here, expressing solidarity with their Pakistani counterparts.

The programme was organised as part of the call for a global day of action to generate international and regional support for journalists' rights and media freedom that are under threat in Pakistan due to emergency imposed by Gen Musharraf on November 3, the local media quoted a statement of the Federation as saying.

''The journalists of Nepal fully support the protests of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and our colleagues in the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists' (PFUJ) over these actions and their impact on the media in Pakistan,'' the FNJ said.

''We share the opinion of IFJ and our colleagues in Pakistan that the challenges facing the country cannot be solved by actions that prevent journalists from doing their work and that put our colleagues at risk of their safety. Such actions will only encourage fear, ignorance and rumours among the population at large,'' read the memorandum.

Amnesty International, Press Chautari Nepal, Nepal Press Union, Freedom Forum, Pro-public, among other organisations, participated and expressed their support to the programme.

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