Kathmandu, March 23: The ongoing international mission for press freedom in Nepal has received full solidarity from various figures in South Asia, including former Prime Minister of India, I. K. Gujral.
In a written solidarity message to the mission, they have termed the media policy of the government as ‘ruthless and suppressive’ and called for immediate restoration of democracy and press freedom in the country.
Those sending the message include former Indian Prime Minister I.K. Gujral, senior journalist and former MP of India Kuldip Nayar, Pakistan’s National Human Rights Commission Chairperson Ashma Jahangir and Editor of Daily Times in Pakistan, Najam Sethi.
The mission, represented by 12 international organizations, in a statement issued on Wednesday has pinpointed the particular concern shown by Gujral.
"Gujral has taken serious note of the King’s attitude in refusing to listen to dissenting voices for press freedom in Nepal from all parts of the world," said the statement.
"I join the media of Nepal and other South Asian countries to protest against the suppressive and anti-democratic policies of the Nepal administration," the statement quoted Gujral as saying.
Pakistan’s National Human Rights Commission chairperson, Ashma Jahangir said, "I fully endorse the Mission to Nepal and demand immediate lifting of all curbs on fundamental human rights and press freedom."