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Rights and responsibilities come together : PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said rights and responsibilities come together and it is the duty of all to bear this fact in mind while exercising one’s rights.

The Prime Minister while receiving an annual report of the National Information Commission (NIC) here today said duties and responsibilities are attached to fundamental rights of the people guaranteed by the constitution.

He was of the view of according priority to the preliminary and basic human freedoms in the practice of the right to information (RTI).

“Confidential information are not forever, but for a certain and appropriate time,” he asserted, adding that information should not be unnecessarily held back forever.

“People have the right to information, but social duties and responsibilities attached to the information and issues relating to individual’s privacy cannot be forgotten while exercising this right,” PM Oli said who sees the need of utilising the RTI as a tool for informing and educating the people.

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The Commission submitted its annual report for the fiscal year 2073-74 BS to the head of the government.

On the occasion, Commission chief commissioner Krishnahari Baskota briefed the Prime Minister about organizational activities. Stating that the Commission was in the process of establishing its mechanism in every province and had expected the support from the government for so.

In the fiscal year 2073-74 BS, the Commission had settled 494 complaints among 497 registered there. It had conducted programmes on RTI in all the 77 districts and issued 4,144 orders in this period.

The significant achievement of the Commission is that it has been successful in incorporating RTI materials in school curriculum. Commission member Yasoda Devi Timsina and secretary Maniram Ojha were also present on the occasion.

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Journalists’ code of ethics on use of social networking sites stressed

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KATHMANDU- Code of ethics on the use of social networking sites for journalists has been stressed.

The speakers at a programme argued that code of ethics for journalists on use of social sites is needed as their status on social sites could raise credibility questions on the news contents.

On the occasion, FNJ Vice-Chairman Bipul Pokharel and FNJ Secretary Prakash Thapa shared that FNJ is drafting the code of conducts targeting the members of FNJ.

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Likewise, coordinator of digital media committee of FNJ and central committee member Lekhnath Neupane reasoned the need for such code of ethics to make the entire media sector more responsible and decent.

Executive Director of Centre for Media Research Centre Ujjawal Acharya, Chairman of Online Journalists’ Association Shiva Satyal and FNJ central committee member
Janmadev Jaisi also expressed their opinions at the interaction programme on ‘Use of social networking site and development of code of ethics for journalists’ organized by Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) and Centre for Media Research on Saturday.

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