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Journalists Barred Entering Singha Durbar

An incident of press freedom violation occurred in the Capital has drawn the attention of Freedom Forum.

On 19 and 20 July 2011, the journalists were barred entering Singha Durbar, the central administrative office of the country. The security persons said the Home Ministry had directed them not to allow journalists in the Singha Durbar.

This act of government has shown the symptoms of autocracy where press/media is hushed, concealing the information of public importance.

The Singha Durbar is the source and storehouse of myriad of information. Inside this, there are numerous government offices, ministries and even the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers. So, barring journalists to enter this place has made media persons and press doubt the government activities and its views toward media freedom. Is the government not trying to control media? This question has concerned the journalists and rights defenders.

With tremendous pressure of the media persons, they were, however, allowed to enter but very late on the second day.

Therefore, Freedom Forum, as an organization working in the sector of freedom of expression, free press, human rights and democracy, urges the government not to repeat such anti-press activities and suppress people's right to information. The government is urged to be transparent, and positive towards media freedom and democracy.