Journalists’ Solidarity for Press Freedom

Nepali journalists on solidarity show in Kathmandu

More than 200 hundreds of journalists gathered at Maitighar, Kathmandu today showing solidarity for press freedom. Members of International Mission to study Nepal’s media situation too participated in the show.


Stop control over the press, restore press freedom: the banners reads.


Journalists gathered for press freedom solidarity show.


Jackline Park of International Federation of Journalists and Jesper Hojborg addressed the gathering.

Photos by Shruti.

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32 thoughts on “Journalists’ Solidarity for Press Freedom”

  1. Apple polishers never appreciate the contribution of the press in a society. That what fits well fits hard in their mind and change is aversed. Gorkhapatra and TRN are the ones for them.
    The government fears the independent press. Thats why it is hell-bent on stifling this institution. Everyone, of course those who can appreciate the contribution of press, should support the current fight for complete press freedom.

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  2. Dear UWB,

    we need report on Kavre, Dhading, dhangadi attacks and pictures, to get to know the situation.

    Better cover the topics which really matters. I am not saying press freedom is not an issue, it ias important as othe topics, but in the curent situation where 50 people dies within last 24 hours, you need to better prioritize the topics.

    http://www.nepalisongs.info

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  3. I don’t understand in this day and age why PRESS is depending upon Government Hand Out (ADVERTISING)? I think PRESS should depend upon people. As long as people read, listen and watch PRESS will survive.

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  4. Some journalists in Nepal are much opinionated than professionals. They either extremely support maoists or the King Gyanendra. Journalists should neither be royalists nor be maoists-their job is to tell the truth. Some media houses have played the role as if they are the political headquarters rumoring mediated propaganda. Editorials should not give any verdict whether there should be the election of constitutional assembly first or restoration of parliament. I think Professional media should not give politically biased opinions. However, it should always advocate democracy,freedom of speech and of press.

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  5. there cannot be “let’s…together” with G-ko-gula
    as a G-ko-gula, you want to shut down all media houses except those who give bend-over and head to G,
    you would even shut down UWB
    so don’t ever talk about “together,” G’s fart

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  6. Hats off to Nepalisongs!!! I don’t think this topic is pertinent enough for blogging. Dinesh, do something, take it out and bring an issue which is really thought provoking. Looting of communication equipment from Madhav Nepal, Kamal Thapa’s press meet, Bloomfield’s remarks, etc. deserve to be here. Is the rhino gift not hot enough to be included here?

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  7. by the way, i am a true nepali, socially, culturally, language-wise, except legally
    i love nepal and nepali
    but your fake legality does not mean anything
    cuz you love only Durbar
    for you, real nepali are DHOKEz of Shah Durbar
    for me real Nepali are Swavimani
    nepali are Dhokez of nobody
    real nepali do not give bend-over to G
    or to anybody
    real nepali stand straight, with head high up
    G may have given you a legal nepali status
    citizenship or passport
    but G himself is socially illegal
    that makes you illegal nepali national
    neither G has right to say fake “pyara janata”
    nor you Dhoke have right to say “real nepalese”

    you have no right call all journalists dalalz
    cuz they do not chant your Sri-Paach Hazur slogan
    but most of these media people are for democracy
    you as a G’s Dhoke want to suppress media, freedom of speech
    and try to hide your wrongdoings
    your fakeness, your fake legal status
    you and your G are no longer recognized as legal, both socially and internationally
    UWB is not the place to chant, “Jai Sri Paanch ko Sarkar”
    UWB is not a place to kill media
    it is a place to help restore democracy

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  8. A Real Nepali must give a good bend to your fathers in NewDelhi.

    Else Maoists + Refugees and finally traitors and mother sellers like those from sikkim enter nepali territory to teach nationalism.

    All Nepalese musr chant together, “Bharat Mata ki jay”. Otheriwise problem continues.

    response awaited

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  9. my response is already there in my comment
    i have already said it
    a real nepali should bend over to nobody,
    no country, no parties, no clans like Shah, , Mukherjiz, Gandhiz, Bajpeyez, Koiralaz Dahalz, Bhattraiz, Deubaz, or any one

    you are socially illegal nepali
    cuz you are DHOKe of the Shah clan
    and I am teaching you nationalism cuz
    you do not know a love for a country
    you only know love for SRIPECH and stand at the Durbar DHOKA (Palace Gate)
    nationalism is not love for a Singh Durbar Gate
    nationalism is a love for your home country and its people
    you put Durbar above nepal and nepali
    that is the problem

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  10. keep in mind this coke
    nationalism is not about showing your love for Raj Durbar or Singha Durbar or Delhi Durbar,
    but it is showing love for nepal and nepali
    and the only way you can show love for your country is putting all the entities (parties, foreign countries and clans) below nepal and nepali
    why do I love Nepal?
    my mother is a nepali citizen
    i lived my 15 years in Kathmandu
    half of my family is legally nepali
    they live in nepal
    my whole family is culturally nepali
    i care about my family members
    and we read Nepali literature,
    we eat and do everything nepali,
    we live nepali life in Sikkim
    if somebody calls me “DHOTI” for being Indian
    I take pride in that
    though I do not wear one
    cuz I am a Kirati
    I do not call you TOPI or DAURA because my father wears them
    I could but do not say, Dhoti is truly indian though it is true, but your (and mine too) Daura, Suruwal and topi originated in the Muslim world and imported to the Indian subcontinate (india is a name given by Alexander the Great, not even its real name)
    I could say but I do not say, nepal is poorer than india’s worst state, bihar, because i love nepal as much as i love sikkim
    you are not in my situation
    you will not understand

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  11. I was not asking for your bio-data. where your mother comes from and who is your father is not my business.
    I got your point. your life is a pendulum. you could neither be a nepali nor an indian. i cannot feel the pain of a homeless khate because i am not in your situation. i am sorry.
    but i know that people like you with no real nationality have always somehting to complain.
    I have never admitted being a royalist or a dhoke, you have made your own story. Actually you are a perverted brain, you just read the lines surfacially and make your own judgement out of it. you prefer personal attacks.
    You were so frustated of my anti-indian feelings that you almost copied my name out of frustation and showed your real color by adding India infront of it. This has come out of frustation but not because you love india or Nepal. You cannot love india because Sikkimis are no more than a “Son of China” – small eyed in Delhi. you are discriminated everywhere. you donot have guts to go and live in delhi so you come to my country. Sikkimins living in delhi perfer to make their own group or mix with people coming from Nepal. In Nepal, you are safe. but i have no objection to your living in my country, Nepal is for all the Nepalese whether they come from Bhutan or Sikkim. This is your original motherland. i welcome you again.And your love to nepal is a compulsion because you cannot love India.

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  12. you are in delusion
    why cannot i love my country?
    i am an indian national
    but i am just nepali ethnic
    i love my country india.
    for you, nepali is carrying a citizenship
    for me, it is ethnicity
    i carry nepali culture and language
    for you the maithali and bhojpuri speaking from bihar are nepali cuz they have nepali citizenship card
    also the ones from Rajasthan
    marwadi golcha, dugar, khetan, etc. financially run your country
    they all will say the same to me as you say: dhoti !
    yes, i am, and i am proud of being dhoti, proud of being an indian nepali
    i was born in india, that is my motherland
    it was india when i was born
    it is india now
    i do not care before that
    if you want to go back in history: kathmandu was a Malla country, kid, before the Shah screwed your mind. Ask many Newars it matters to them even today. It does not matter to me Indira Gandhi took over Sikkim before I was born the way it does not matter to you today the Shah took over Malla kingdom before you were born.
    We are not loyal to any clan in Sikkim. We are loyal to our country, though.
    the problem with you is you always think nepal will be gone with the Shah: you think only Shah will protect nepal and nepali (you have said this directly or indirectly).

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  13. I have never said nepali nationalism is well protected within the walls of royal palace. i have just said that we need the monarchy just because it is getting unique but with some reforms. I will be sad if people abolish the monarhcy but not die for it. life goes.
    for India its almost 60 years of independence but still political and economic turmoil continues. We will also survive without Royality, or Idnain assistance or Maoits or the Political Parties. This is life which continue to survive even in miseries.
    I have also said, timely we have started a debate on the being or not being of the monarchy. this in itself shows we are getting matured.
    While in a discussion people forward contradictiong ideas. but this doesnot mean that they should immediately start fighting or start accusing each other like you do by saying durbaria or dhoke and you broke the limit. only when you started firing fiery words i retaliated. My discussions were strictly limited to my anti-india sentiments and i still beleive that the current downfall in the nepalibeing, India shares a major part.
    This is my personal opinion i do not want all to subscribe this view. And i do not use harsh words to those who oppose my views like you do.
    But i know that you have a complex of neither being a nepali nor an indian. i suggest you to go to a hindi desi forum and reveal your identity of being a sikkimi and start debating on ethnic cleansing, religious intolerance etc in your own country becusse india is your motherland and you should be more concerned about your own country rather than what is happenning in Nepal. And i don think that Hulaz, Khetanz, Guptaz, Yadavz and others though repeatedly show their affinity will go and talk for a equal treatment for all in the Indian republic.

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  14. you do not sound not literate enough, though you lie about having done some post-doc in Argentina
    india may not be perfect,
    but it is still one of the greatest nations in the world
    did you hear what was said of India yesterday in the U.S. senate?
    a big part of america’s business is moving to india
    today, even America cannot live without india
    we own the IT brains of the world besides other things
    besides, there is no unified india as such, so you cannot generalize and say india thinks this way or that way
    even a tiny country cannot be said to have a unified voice on any matters,
    for example, many BJP people love Gyane or a hindu king in nepal
    my problem with you is be specific (which state, which party, which individual, etc.?)
    Another problem with you
    you talk about isolationism
    while every one is saying nepal should take every benefit from india’s booming economy
    the same isolationism you apply to me and tell me to go away
    you may not be indian
    and you have every right to critique certain sections of india and certain things india does
    but do not be blind
    i am not less nepali than you are
    and i have every right to speak about nepal
    this is not how the world works
    by trying to shut other people up
    you can keep your king in the museum
    i do not care
    but he is not the only nation protector
    but as the issue is here the media
    why do you call all of them bad names?
    why do you want the media to shut up like you want me to shut up? cuz we do not support to keep the king in museum or wherever you want?

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  15. Plus,
    here is an innovative way to make nepal unique
    train 5 monkeys from Pashupati
    make them 5-Sarkar and let them live at Narayanhiti’
    celebrate their birthdays, and their first 5 children will be the next Shree-5-ko-Sarkar
    let them visit other monarchy countries like UK, UAE, etc.
    invest on a library inside the palace
    that holds the most texts on monarchy history of the world
    there will be a lot of tourists from all over the world
    nepal makes money, it will be unique like you want

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  16. Coke and Indian Coke,

    It’s time you stopped bashing/owning India. We have had enough India-centric politics. India is moving, (there is no denying the fact), towards prosperity. Majority are still dirt poor. Their economy grew by 10%, how much did it really for a person? It comes out to be less than 50 Dollars per year? Compare this with any developed country, it’s peanuts.The number of homeless in India could be equal to our population.

    Look at us! Our country is on the verge of bankrupcy. Our King’s salary is 500,000 dollar, even president bush can envy. Our percapita is half of India’s and Bhutan’s per capita. We are no where near Happiness Index of Bangladesh and Srilanka. More people die in Nepal from diseases and malnutrition than killed by insurgency. India is our major donor and we are india locked. Even for making a small bridge, we need foreign aid. US and the west just consult India before making Nepal Policy. We love India so much so that if Indian films/songs are not available for a single day, we feel starved. We no longer pride ourselves with TOPI and GUNYU CHOLO, we go for Daura Surwal (See our boot lickers politicians), Kurta Surwal and Sari. Our traditional very Nepali “Tihun” (read healthy vegatable soup) gets oiled-up with spicy Indian curry full of oil if we can afford

    For us Nepalese, It does not matter how much India has progressed in terms of economy. What has always mattered for us is the Indian big brother attitude (read Bully). These are real facts. Indians need to change themselves if they want to be liked by her neighbors. We need to grow up and be partner, the competent one with India. CONCLUDED

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  17. indian coke,

    thats a stupid name.

    you want to get personal. lets get personal.
    i have indian friends and nothing against them. i just had to say it coz, they know how much i hate india and every time i write they know who is writing. they know what i mean.

    you all are beggars. opps sorry meant parasite.
    you beg inside nepal and feed on nepali’s laziness.
    thats their blood too.

    when there is 10 of you you beat one nepali.

    when there is 5 of you, you get down on your knees and beg for peace. and its still a single nepali.

    thats what you are!!

    you and your government . all you want to do is use us. those stupid leaders of ours, they bent to your words. they still do.

    but you havent yet dealt with educated nepalis.
    those politicians were your pawns and they will always be.
    but try fooling around with us. the true nepalis. you call us bahadurs. we are. for our country and ourselves. history knows we killed for you and lot of others. and we are not scared to kill for ourselves. if that is what it comes to.
    remmember when rithik roshan said (or may be not) about his hating nepal, and nepalis started manhandling indians (some of them were nepalis though) that was your influential politics. when marichman said “do what the fuck you want to do , we aint bending”, thats bahadur nepalli.

    yeah we do have fools in nepal. just like you have in your favorite BIHAR. we aint proud of it . but dont ever underestimate us nepalis. we come from the unknown and do the unknown.
    we may be few, but we will still fight for our country. no weapons required.

    again, to my indian friends. sorry about this foolishness, but as proud as you are of your country and as ashamed as i am of my country, i will still fight for its pride. even if its with you.

    –long live nepal

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  18. atleast this blog detects duplicate comments.

    one last time i will put my heart out in this stupid blog.

    1. there is so many comments in this f***ing blog, its hard to find what is worth reading.

    2. if you think india gives a shit about peace in nepal, you are f***ing dreaming. the love instability in nepal, just because they can manipulate it.

    3. there are few indians who give a shit.

    4. if you think we need democracy in nepal, god help your conscience.

    5. if you think matric passed girija ( who BP said wasnt even fit enough to be a hawaldar/constable ), or makune (madhab kumar Nepal who doesnt know the difference between communism and something else), or prachanda (a mental), or baburam(an intellectual gone mad) are the saviours of nepal, god help nepal if you are nepalese.

    6. As big as India is, it doesnot really matter. as long as we have CHINA by our side. Indian coke, you might be the brains in the IT right now, but dont have that indian like perception that you are the only one. CHINA is right behind you. and with nepalese backing china or china backing nepal, you wont be the brains behind it for much longer.

    7. chinese goods are cheap. that is one thing india is scared of. not to mention its nepal like leaders. with indians buying chinese good from nepal, india is fucked.

    8.why am i talking about india.

    9. no one gives a damn about our country. except india and china. and they have their own reasons. both want to get hold of nepal and its politics/ political leaders to increase their influence in south asia.

    10. gyan bahadur, as much as you might hate him, knows this. thats why you hear so much about india card and china card.

    11. girija and his lot, as much as you might love him, they dont know a shit about this.

    12. maoists are lead by maniacs, or intelligent gone maniacs. nothing to expect from them.

    13. the unlucky number. nepalese, i plead you. dont give a fuck about people like India coke.
    think of your country. should not be saying it iguess, but think of it like me. nepal needs peace. freedom from all these selfish political leaders who have ruined the country and are nothing but indian pawns. journalists need to be more responsible. say the truth for the sake of our country or lie for its sake…PEACE?? you all could change the meaning as you want to.

    i guess i am the only intelligent people in nepal or i am the only foolish one. but i do believe this is what nepal needs.

    death. lot of death. few people remaining, fewer thoughts, less controversy, more peaceful nepal. and dont give a fuck of INDIA unless it acknowledges there is china right in its back.

    by the way, did you realise india has changed its foreign policy towards china??

    –good luck nepalese

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  19. a part of the whole issue:

    a half indian half nepali acts like he knows all. not to mention the full indian or full nepali.

    you dont understan Indiana coke or indi coke ….

    i do. well i think i do.

    i just thought this was a good piece of conversation. so i copied and pasted it again.

    Indian coke:
    keep in mind this coke
    nationalism is not about showing your love for Raj Durbar or Singha Durbar or Delhi Durbar,
    but it is showing love for nepal and nepali
    and the only way you can show love for your country is putting all the entities (parties, foreign countries and clans) below nepal and nepali
    why do I love Nepal?
    my mother is a nepali citizen
    i lived my 15 years in Kathmandu
    half of my family is legally nepali
    they live in nepal
    my whole family is culturally nepali
    i care about my family members
    and we read Nepali literature,
    we eat and do everything nepali,
    we live nepali life in Sikkim
    if somebody calls me “DHOTI” for being Indian
    I take pride in that
    though I do not wear one
    cuz I am a Kirati
    I do not call you TOPI or DAURA because my father wears them
    I could but do not say, Dhoti is truly indian though it is true, but your (and mine too) Daura, Suruwal and topi originated in the Muslim world and imported to the Indian subcontinate (india is a name given by Alexander the Great, not even its real name)
    I could say but I do not say, nepal is poorer than india’s worst state, bihar, because i love nepal as much as i love sikkim
    you are not in my situation
    you will not understand

    15 coke says:

    March 24th, 2006 at 8:12 am
    I was not asking for your bio-data. where your mother comes from and who is your father is not my business.
    I got your point. your life is a pendulum. you could neither be a nepali nor an indian. i cannot feel the pain of a homeless khate because i am not in your situation. i am sorry.
    but i know that people like you with no real nationality have always somehting to complain.
    I have never admitted being a royalist or a dhoke, you have made your own story. Actually you are a perverted brain, you just read the lines surfacially and make your own judgement out of it. you prefer personal attacks.
    You were so frustated of my anti-indian feelings that you almost copied my name out of frustation and showed your real color by adding India infront of it. This has come out of frustation but not because you love india or Nepal. You cannot love india because Sikkimis are no more than a “Son of China” – small eyed in Delhi. you are discriminated everywhere. you donot have guts to go and live in delhi so you come to my country. Sikkimins living in delhi perfer to make their own group or mix with people coming from Nepal. In Nepal, you are safe. but i have no objection to your living in my country, Nepal is for all the Nepalese whether they come from Bhutan or Sikkim. This is your original motherland. i welcome you again.And your love to nepal is a compulsion because you cannot love India.

    –now, whats the issue?

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  20. The deabate is,
    IS India is one of the greatest nation in the world?
    Don’t laugh guys this is what a sikkimi has to say.
    India is greatest of the great.

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  21. abui ma ta ta keta haru ko kura pani buzdaina tero keta haru ko kura pani i don’t care.
    Tara tyo mathi photo ma show gareko tourist women ta bada bullet chha ni ta ho. If journalism waz beautiful like her ,where would our country be
    ani i don’t understand the heck whats the coke, indian coke, jambo coke, pepsi diet coke, soda speaking about yaar
    kahli nepal ra india ko kura garchha yaar
    bhag sale haru

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  22. ani ni bro haru maile nam ameet bata pherera local tharra rakhe ni ho, kam pani testai garna thale ni ho. ani one thing to coke hai
    yes india is the greatest of the great
    greatest no. of poverty, illiteracy,rape, malnutrition, robbery, underworlds,
    don’t be angry hai coke my ko country pani ta yestai ta ho ni , we are chemeki ni ta ho
    nepal bharat bhai bhai
    esliye lalu ji bole
    ” pan khao bharat mein thuko nepal mein”

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  23. Lok Raj Pokherel’s statement is very nice above. Some media houses have become propoganda gobble houses like Kantipur that doesn’t even feel the slightest shame when the Russian Ambassador wrote a whole article saying it is anti-national. My God! it can lie so much.

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  24. Many people are killed everyday in Nepal, most of the times by the persons who have guns and are under the so-called almighty ‘Nepal government’. One person was killed in Tatopani and the family member of the person who was killed was paid a million Rupees,It is right, the family must be paid, but, the surprising thing is that why the so-called almighty ‘Nepal government’ pays that money. Why not the criminal in camouflaged outfit is made to pay the crime he did. His property must be conficated and auctioned and the money raised from that should be given to the family upon whom the crime been done. You can only control the trigger-happy ……. in this way.

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