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Journalists barred from taking photos of CA Members' Swearing-in Ceremony

The Constituent Assembly (CA) secretariat barred the photojournalists from entering the CA gallery and taking photos of the newly elected CA members while they were being administered the oath of office and secrecy on January 21, 2014.

January 21 was the day scheduled for the swearing-in ceremony before the proceedings in the second CA in Nepal. But the journalists were barred from taking photographs of the ceremony.

Freedom Forum expresses concern over barring journalists, as it has prevented journalists from reporting and breached citizens' rights to get proper information. Such anti-press incident in the CA gallery which is the forum to formulate laws is quite unsuitable and unwelcome. Every government body and office therefore needs to respect journalists' right to free reporting and citizens' right to get information.