From The Nepali Press
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Gorkhapatra, 14 June
FROM ISSUE #252 (17 JUNE 2005 - 23 JUNE 2005) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Secretary of the Ministry of Communication and Information Lokman Singh Karki has specified that the government is not trying to obstruct press freedom. At a press meet he assured journalists that the communication bill being prepared by the government would not affect the freedom of the press ?even an inch?. He dismissed reports to the contrary as ?rumours?. He added: ?Everything will be clear once the bill comes out.? He promised to discuss clauses in the bill with the press. Karki also denied the government had prevented FM radio stations from broadcasting information related to social awareness. However, political news, false accusations and defamation would not be allowed. Secretary Karki said he had not seen FM stations broadcasting news anywhere in the world during his travels. He added that the government was only trying to better manage FM radio stations because the main purpose of FM radio stations was entertainment. ?We are trying to give FM radios the same freedom they have all over the world,? he said.