KATHMANDU: President Ramchandra Paudel has said only free, fair, and independent media can bolster democracy.
During a program organized on the occasion of the 54th anniversary of Press Council Nepal here today, President Paudel reminded that his vibrant time was spent in detention and jail facing torture in the course of the struggle for the achievement of democracy where, he argued, freedom of expression and press could be ensured. He also shared his stand for fair, independent, and dignified journalism.
“The institution as Press Council Nepal is monitoring the code of conduct so that free press would be utilized and entire journalism gets credibility,” President Paudel said, urging the Press Council to play a fair role.
Moreover, the President expressed that stakeholders had shown concern over the uncertainty created by the spread of misleading content with the rapid development of social networks. The time has come for the press to foil the dissemination of misleading information.
The Head of the State extended best wishes to the Press Council for its success in awarding those performing excellently in journalism and inspiring others for improvement. He expressed happiness over the Press Council’s work on making journalism dignified and credible.
“Journalism is regarded as the fourth estate in democracy. The state of journalism reflects how robust the democracy is,” he observed.