Will take initiatives to make media law more media-friendly, says NA chairman

Kathmandu / May 14: Chairman of the National Assembly Ganesh Prasad Timalsina said on Tuesday that he would take initiatives to make the proposed ‘Bill to Amend and Integrate Media Council Act’ more media-friendly.

Timalsina made the remark during his meeting with a group of journalists from the Nepal Press Union at his office, Singha Durbar. “I will do my best to correct the flaws in the proposed media law thereby making it more media-friendly,” he said.

The NA chairman also said that it is a good opportunity for the government to make changes in the proposed media law since it is under the consideration of the Parliament.

The proposed law, which was registered by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology at the Parliament Secretariat recently, has faced stern criticism from media fraternity and the main opposition Nepali Congress.

Representatives of the Nepal Press Union also submitted a Memorandum of Understanding to the NA chairman demanding changes in the proposed media law. The NPU has accused the government of trying to curtail press freedom by drafting the drafting draconian laws.

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