| A Report On
One day program Role of Working Journalist in New Constitution
Organised by Nepal Press Union (NPU)
27 May 2009
One day workshop was conducted by Nepal
Press Union Central Committee at Committee's Central office's
Hall at Katmandu on 27 May, 2009. The program was supported by
Fridrich Ebert Stiftung, Nepal Office.
Objectives of the program
The major objectives of the program were as follows;
- To create awareness in relation with upcoming
Constitution among working journalists.
- To ensure role of journalists in the Constitution
The participants of the program were the journalists'
representative from various media houses Television, Dally Mews
Paper and FM, and in total 66 Media people participated the
in the workshop.
The program was divided into the two sessions.
(See the annex no.2). The first was Inauguration and introductory
session and second was Paper presentation, comment and discussion
on Role of working Journalist in the upcoming Constitution.
Mr. Shamirjung Saha, Chairperson of the Nepal Press Union Central
Committee, chaired the program and Bindukanta Ghimire ,Genaral
Secretary of Nepal Press Union, Central committee moderated
At the onset of the program, Mr. Shiva Lamsal
Secretary of Nepal Press Union, Central Committee welcomed to
all participants and also thanked their active participation
as well. He also thanked Mr. Ramchandra Poudel, Chief Guest
of the program (Vice president of Nepali Congress), and also
thanked other guests and paper presenter, commenter and all
participants of the Program.
Remarks from Guests:
Mr. Ramchandra Poudel Vice- president,
Mr. Poudel thanked to the organizer for conducting
such valuable program. He sated that Nepalese people have struggled
many times and established and re-established democracy in Nepal
since 2007 B. S. Unfortunately, stability of democracy has been
challenging issues in Nepal even today. He further stated that
Nepal is going to promulgate the new constitution and the working
journalist should play the vital role for ensuring freedom and
democracy in the upcoming constitution.
The democratic alliance should play the fundamental
role to promulgate the upcoming Constitution in the democratic
path. He further stated that Congress has solved Maoist rebellion
movement. Media is a significant means for creating public awareness
about new constitution making processes and role of working
Journalist. At least but last he requested to the working journalist
to play significant role for formulating new constitution successful.
Mr. Devraj Dahal, Country Head, FES:
Mr. Dahal presented his presentation on the
"Role of Working Journalist in Constitution". Dahal
stressed that the working journalist should be consider their
professional ethics while disseminating the information about
Constituent Assembly through media. Taking this into the consideration
on context-sensitivity, the information regarding to Civic Education,
public interest, public values and morals, freedom of the press
are core agenda of the democratic system. in addition that,
personal interest of journalist should not be reflected on the
public news. He stressed that the main aim of CA should reinstate
people based democracy, inclusive structure of states and sustainable
peace. The states should not be divided on the basis of race,
region and class.
Similarly, he stated that constitution making
process is envisioning of the nation. Working Journalist of
Nepal has several roles such as: observe and reporting of public
opinion, educates them on the constitutional issue as well as
participation on the constitutional discourse
Mr. Taranath Dahal, President, Freedom Forum:
Mr. Dahal said that working Journalists have
an ample opportunity in the upcoming constitution making processes
for ensuring democracy and liberation of all Nepal. Many criminal
groups killed a number of journalists and got the political
protection in the present context of Nepal. Result of that criminals
were abscond or expanding impunity. Taking this into the account,
they are getting benefit form transitional period of the country.
We, Nepalese journalist should make advocacy to ensure freedom
of press in the Upcoming constitution. Finally he stated that
constitutional provision of the Constitution of Kingdome of
Nepal 2047 had also ensured freedom of press but it could not
implement in well manner.
Mrs Babita Basnet ,Presedent of Sanchrika
Mrs. Babita Basnet, Presedent of Sanchrika
Samuha, stated that there has not been clarity on the role of
working journalist in the Upcoming Constitution making process.
In addition, there is no proper execution of working Journalist
Act and not having sufficient consideration on ensuring right
of journalist, who had became the victim of conflict, are the
major challenges in this context of Nepal. State and Media are
not found to have sincere to implement the working journalist
Act. Therefore we journalist should strongly raise the voice
to implement it properly.
Mr. Samir Jung Shah, President of Nepal
Press Union, Central Committee:
Mr. Shah stated that media played very significant
role during CA election. There is no doubt that Nepalese media
has played the crucial role to establish democracy and ensure
press freedom. But this is the high time of journalists to hold
the crucial role of watchdog for constitution making process.
Second Session (Paper presentation)
Chaired by second session
Mr. Mr Damoder Prasad Dawadi, Senior Vice
President of Nepal Press Union
Mr. Kashiraj Dahal: Chairperson of Administrative
Court: Paper Presenter
Mr. Dahal presented his presentation on "Role
of Working Journalist in New Constitutio. He said that CA is
going to concretize prevailing liquid political situation and
formulate the new constitution. Media should also play the very
significant role during the constitution making process. In
addition that the country is going to restructure and framing
the new ruling system, federalism therefore media has responsibility
to aware general people about this matter. Similarly, the media
should monitor whether the CA is working for ensuring people's
right or not. There should be considered about executing federalism
and people interest should be reflected and not to create any
conflict among the states for allocating natural resources.
The practice has showed that major conflict has been appeared
among the states about the division of natural resources.
He further said that it was convenient to
formulate new constitution, if there was political consensus
about the fundamental contents of new constitution after the
CA election. Unfortunately it has not been seen even today.
He further stressed that there must be political consensus about
how many states there will be and how the states will be divided
(Full paper annexes 4).
Ramkrishna Regmee, Senior Journalist:
Mr. Regmee presented his presentation on the
"Good News to be disseminated from the present political
chaos". He stated that there is not clear way or place
to where should go or contribute for constitution making process.
We, working journalist should return back to the universal principle
of journalism and communication so that the journalist would
got the dynamic motivation and also received intellectual means.
Finally he suggested to be careful while disseminate the information
in every step. (See detail in annexes 5)
Kashi Raj Dahal - Commenter:
Communication or media specialist, Kashi Raj
Dahal kept his opinion regarding to presentation made by Pokhrel.
He stated that each and every group in the Nepalese society
has been seeking the role on constitution process. Therefore,
journalist can not be an exception and it has significant role
to create awareness to the general people regarding to constitution
and also should make an advocacy to ensure the press freedom
with out any restriction.
Geja Sarma Wegle -Commenter:
Mr. Wagle commented on the paper presented by Ramkrishna Regmi.
At the beginning of the comment, he stated that journalist have
been victimized from the democratic parties. Therefore journalist
should be very conscious each and every angle regarding to freedom
of press. Media has played the significant role in the various
people's movement, though no one has talked about the journalist
and their interest while in the constitution making process.
He also stressed that working journalist should play the significant
and responsible in the constitution making process.
Floor Discussion Session
Ms. Bishnu Shrama Central Member NPU:
At beginning of her comment she briefly stated
that how media people can play active role on Constitution making
processes and further stated that media should go ahead by clarifying
what CA should do. No discussion has been made about the constitution
to be framed after Constitution making processes. The discussion
was necessary about how to make the constitution making processes
participatory. The media should take seriously about how to
maintain the increasing trend of people's trust towards it.
Mr. BalKrishna Adhikari Nayapatrika Dally:
He briefly commented on the role of communication
media on the Constitution making processes. He stated that discussion
is required for the involvement of communication media in constitution
making process. In addition that, working journalist should
create awareness regarding to the constitution making process
as well making advocacy to ensure the freedom of press.
Mr. Bhim Gautam President Kavre NPU:
The general people are not awareness about
Constitution making processes even today. It is found that the
Constituent Assembly is functioning as like regular parliamentary
system but it should be very proactive and participatory.
Mr. Khila Karki reporter Avenues TV:
She ironically raised her concerns about what
should be the ruling system? How should be the federalism? It
is said that political consensus is required to decide about
them. He raised the question that if all the issues of CA are
settled through political consensus before CA election why to
At the end of the program Mr. Damoder Dawadi
, session Chairperson of the program again thanked to chief
guest, guest, Resource persons and all participants for their
active participation on the program and he announced the end
of the program.