The eighth National Journalism Day is being observed today, Baisakh 24, which coincides with the day the publication of the Gorkhapatra, the first newspaper of Nepal.
The day has been observed since 2073 BS.
The publication of the Gorkhapatra began on Baisakh 24, 1958 B. S May 7, 1901 A.D.
On this occasion, journalism educators and observers have stressed the need for Nepali media to change content for media sustainability. The traditional media are bound to compete with new media, as the latter serve news to the public in a quicker and easier way.
On the occasion, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has expressed his commitment to maintain the representation and understanding of the communication sector while creating policy and laws related to communication.
In his congratulation message on the 8thNational Journalism Day, the PM praised the important role played by the Nepali media and media workers for the establishment of democracy and the defense and strengthening of the Federal Democratic Republic.
The government is firm in favor of freedom of speech and press, stressed the PM and added, “I appeal to all concerned to play a responsible role in their respective fields, assuring them that the government will take possible initiatives to create a situation where working journalists can see their lives within the journalism profession.”