CA chair assures his best to ensure media-friendly statute

Kathmandu, July 12: Constituent Assembly (CA) Chair Subash Nembang said the country was in the final juncture of promulgating the new constitution.

Receiving feedback regarding the first draft of the new constitution from the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) Sunday, CA Chair said the first draft of the constitution, which is now being taken to the people's domain for their submissions, has aroused the people's hope for getting their constitution soon.

The FNJ feedback is for drafting a media-friendly constitution in which it has expressed its concerns over some points regarding press. The points as claimed by the FNJ are intended at curtailing the free press and right to expression.

Receiving the feedback, the CA Chair pledged his best to address the voices of FNJ. Appreciating FNJ continuous concerns on the development of constitution-drafting,  he said the contribution of FNJ that fought for democracy and against authoritarianism from street to the Supreme Court, is always  remembered.

He was also of the view that the new constitution should not go back from the provision relating to press freedom guaranteed by the Interim Constitution of Nepal-2063 BS.

FNJ President Dr Mahendra Bista  praised  the fast progress on constitution drafting, while demanding  that the constitution should avoid any provision or word that clips the concept of press freedom.

General Secretary Ujir Magar said FNJ is fully sensitive towards the importance and value of the constitution draft and the feedback was collected through discussions with all the bodies concerned.

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