AUGUST 16, 2008 It has been felt that there are various shortcomings and ambiguities in the policy and legal provisions of journalism, so that it should be overhauled, reviewed and studied more, said participants at a regional workshop organized by Freedom Forum in Pokhara.
New laws on media should be formulated on the joint initiative and participation of journalists, legal practitioners, civil society and government representatives in keeping with national and international legal policies and provisions. it is stressed.
At a two-day western regional workshop on Media Policy and Law held at Pokhara on August 11-12, they underscored that the media laws and policies should be constantly reviewed to ensure its timely development.
Freedom Forum Chairperson Tara Nath Dahal said the media has entered into the era of liberalism following the reinstatement of democracy; so states control over the media should be lessened.
Senior journalist Madhav Sharma opined that the policies and laws related to media should be updated to keep the pace of development being occurred in this area.
Similarly, Vice-chairman of Nepal Bar Association Mukunda Sharma said it is the media that increase peoples access to information leading to their empowerment.
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