National Workshop on Media's Role for Drafting
the New Constitution
Organised by Press Chautari Nepal (PC)
25-26 July 2008, Birgunj
Following the Peoples Movement 2006, the country
has been entered into Federal Democratic Republic (FDR) formally
as the Constituent Assembly (CA) members voted against Nepal's
monarchy. The CA has also elected the president and vice-president
for the first time in Nepalese history. Although, the formation
of a new constitution -a big challenge as well as the major
demands of April Movement is yet to be settled.
In this connection, civil Society members
have also their great contributions for creating their pressure
to draft an inclusive and democratic constitution like incorporating
the aspiration of various casts, language, gender and classes.
Regarding these contemporary issues, press as being a part of
civil society representative it can also paid an especial contribution.
Realizing this fact, the Press Chautari Nepal (PCN) organized
a two day long national level workshop on 'media's role for
drafting the new constitution' in Birgunj.
The main objective of the workshop was to
mount pressure the government and its concerned bodies to guarantee
the press freedom in new constitution and to be drafted it in
stipulated time frame.
Just like to PCN's earlier activities of fighting
for the press freedom and quest for journalist's right to inform
on behalf of their respective readers, it aims to discuss on
contemporary issues like ' media's role for drafting the new
Its well known that Press Chautari Nepal
had organized a hot discussion about the press freedom in the
past days. We organized our series of interactions on 'right
to information' and ' formation of National Media commission'
through out the country. Continuing to our past activities,
the PCN would like to interact among the journalists and local
level people on media's roles to ensure press freedom in the
next constitution. With the aim of crating pressure for incorporating
the press freedom in the new constitution, the PCN organized
a national level workshop in Birgunj on July 25 to 26, 2008.
At the function, journalists from western regions were present
by representing their respective districts and various media
houses. It's our beginning point. We would like to launch such
interaction programme throughout the country as possible.
The opening ceremony of the workshop was inarguated
by CPN-UML standing committee member and party's publicity and
publication chief Ishwor Pokhrel.
In his opening ceremony speech, he vowed his
commitment of ensuring the press freedom in the next constitution
that is to be drafted within two years. Stating that CPN-UML
was ever in favor of respecting the free and fair press, he
instructed his party's CA members to play their constructive
role for guaranteeing the press freedom in the new constitution
ever in Nepal's constitutional history.
At the opening ceremony, Mahesh Das-
central committee member of the Federation of Nepalese Journalist
(FNJ), PCN Chairman Shambhu Shrestha and Kishor Shrestha,
editor of the Janaastha Weekly highlighted the media's role
either deposing the during the king's autocratic coup or in
Aprils Movements suppression.
They vowed their commitment that Nepalese
press would never be fall down ahead of any sorts of anarchist
activities and suppression.
Addressing the opening ceremony they also
revealed the fact that the some sort of anti-press and anarchist
groups were continuing the incidents of murdering, torturing,
torturing, abduction and threats especially in Terai areas.
The participants of the workshop have condemned over such serious
press violation activities even after the establishments of
At the closing ceremony, Shambhu Shrestha,
editor of the Dristhi weekly and PCN Chairman and FNJ central
committee member Mahesh Das presented their respective work
paper. Journalist Kishor Shreshta, editor of the Janaaastha
Weekly Deepan Chauhan member of press council Nepal and Ganesh
Basnet of Channel Nepal TV commented upon the work paper.
Presenting his work paper entitled 'Media's
Role for drafting the new constitutiont' Shambhu Shrestha pointed
out the need of strengthening the national unity and sovereignty
through press as Nepalese national integration was in trap.
" Journalist should create pressure in this issues as well.
Besides this, pen pushers should be free for covering their
views in course of drafting the new constitution," Shrestha
said adding, "Political parties should do their best for
making a popular constitution as it is a documents of consensus."
Presenting his work paper entitled 'Media's
Role for drafting the new constitutiont', FNJ central committee
member Mahesh Das said that Mahesh Das emphasized to ensure
journalist's right to information in the proposals of the constitution.
" Incorporate such legal provision that no one can create
any sort of obstruction on journalist's right to information
at any pretext." Das said.
Das further commented that Journalist's right
to be implemented in practice not only incorporating in the
documents. Journalist should not compromise on their rights
to making aware to public and themselves as well.
- The press that played its great contributions
for succeeding the April movement and holding the Constitutional
Assembly (CA) has more responsibility of mounting their further
pressure for drafting the new constitution in stipulated time
- For stopping the frequent media rights
violations and abuses, the CA members should guarantee press
freedom in constitutional proposals. But the pen pushers also
must be responsible for publishing and broadcasting the fact,
free and fair news.
- Four months have been elapsed of holding
the CA elections but the constitution making process is yet
to begin. In this connections press should mount its pressure
for drafting the new constitution within the stipulated time
- As the country has been entered in to the
Federal Democratic Republic, the media activists must be serious
in curse of publishing their news on federalism. With this
declaration, some of he anarchist groups are planing to separate
our sovereign country as well. Media activists must be more
serious for writing news on federalism. If such genuine issues
like federalism would be ignored in news, there might be misfortune