From The Nepali Press
Janadesh, 21 August
FROM ISSUE #363 (24 AUG 2007 - 30 AUG 2007) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Media owners have started panicking after a Maoist Minister passed the Working Journalists' Act, and have started badmouthing the Maoists. But they have been silent about HBC FM's decision to lock up the studio and deny the journalists their the right to work. Even various other organisations that have been speaking for the owners have been silent on the HBC scandal. Last week, owners of the big media houses who formed Nepal Media Society and the \'big' editors from the Editors Alliance said the situation of press freedom now has become even worse than during the king's rule. To say that the state of press freedom was better during the royal regime based on few incidents of journalists demanding their rights is unfortunate, say analysts. The military was censoring every line at gunpoint, how was that better? This indicates that the bigshot editors are lackeys of feudal and foreign elements. Only recently, some editors of big media houses secretly met palace and army officials, according to sources.