Nepal press freedom alliance sets four conditions for talks with Government

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Kathmandu, Dec 25 (ANI): The Alliance for Press Freedom of Nepal has set four conditions for talks with the government.

Issuing a press statement here on Wednesday, the Alliance which includes, the Nepal Media Society, the Editors' Alliance, the Broadcasting Association of Nepal (BAN), the Association of Community Radio Broadcasters Nepal (ACORAB), and the Kathmandu Valley FM Broadcasters (KVFB), said it will not sit for talks with the government unless the latter fulfilled its four-point demand.

"The demands including the environment of threats against media houses is removed, the two Maoist affiliated union leaders, Ramesh Babu Panta and Ramesh KC, who led the recent attack on Himalmedia are arrested and criminal cases filed against them," statements said.

"A public apology from the government over the recent attacks on media and a trustworthy commitment from the government to protect press freedom from further threats," it added.

According to Kantipur, the alliance also made it clear that it will continue with its agitation unless the government met the demands.

They also decided to disseminate the message, "The Struggle for Press Freedom Continues" through all member newspapers, television stations, radios and news portals as long as it continues the agitation.

The Maoist affiliated All Nepal Hotel and Restaurant Workers'' Union on Sunday attacked the staff of the Himalmedia, inflicting injuries to the journalists and vandalising the office. (ANI)

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