Rabi Lamichhane’s remark to the Nepali media

Rabi Lamichhane’s recent remark against Nepali media has made headlines across Nepalese media platforms. The FNJ also issued a statement condemning Lamichhane’s threatening comments at the press conference, in which he accused the Nepali media of being unreliable and prejudiced.

View of FNJ on Rabi Lamicchane’s remark

Roshan Puri, the general secretary of the FNJ, said in a statement that these comments from the chairman of the 4th largest party in parliament, who has also been Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, are an attack on the media as a whole.

So, a group that represents Nepal’s most important print, TV, radio, and digital media outlets put out a statement telling people not to openly threaten the media by naming specific organizations and people and then threatening action with a crowd behind them.

The Nepal Media Society has issued a formal appeal to ex-Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane, asking him to provide evidence for the claims he made against news organizations and journalists on Sunday.

The FNJ has put out a statement condemning the use of threatening language and saying that people who don’t like what’s been written in the media have a way to talk about it under the current system and procedure.

Additionally, the Nepal Press Union has spoken out against Lamichhane’s “baseless allegations,” saying that his comments were meant to damage the reputations of news organizations, journalists, and the journalism industry as a whole.

Is the Nepali media really biased?

In the current press conference, Lamichanne has clearly highlighted some baseless news and unresolved cases to clarify the status of the media in Nepal. In that, some big media personalities, along with one of the main news streams, were also mentioned by him. Is his accusation against Nepalese media institutions true? Or is it simply a statement made by him out of frustration with his case?

Well, the Federation of Nepalese Journalism (FNJ) has denied all the accusations made by Lamichhane. But we can’t deny the fact that in some of the cases, journalism did show bias for the sake of monetary returns.

We can’t deny the fact that the media industry has now become a profit-making business. They are always on the run to catch an appealing story, thus sometimes forgetting the voice of the common people.
FNJ should really collaborate to elevate the quality of news rather than take offense at Lamichhane’s statement.

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