President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said democracy could not be imagined without freedom of speech and the right to information.
Responsible journalism, well-informed citizens and accountable government are integral parts of democracy, she stated at an event with the theme of ‘national Journalism Award and Senior Journalist Award’ organised here on Saturday by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
“The Constitution of Nepal has guaranteed the rights to information and freedom to speech to every citizen as the fundamental rights. It has also ensured that every citizen has got right to information relating to public concerns along with ensuring freedom of speech.”
She praised the Nepali press for making people aware of all subjects relating to public concerns and for disseminating right information and creating awareness during disasters like flooding, earthquake, fire and COVID-19. It has also helped state organs to formulate appropriate strategies, she said.
The President stressed the need for media to transform the society in a positive way by creating awareness about education, health, clean drinking water, sanitation and environment conservation and against existing superstations, ill-customs and gender and race-based discrimination.
President Bhandari underscored the need for the Nepali press to contribute to organise the May 13 local election in a free and fearless environment.
Source: National News Agency Nepal