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Three journalists of Nepal being probed for disseminating a news item regarding Dalai Lama

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Kathmandu. Three journalists at the Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Nepal’s national news agency, are being probed for disseminating a news item regarding the Dalai Lama.

RSS journalists working at the english desk of the news agency Mohani Risal, Somnath Lamichhanne and Jivan Bhandari face the probe for translating and disseminating a wire report about the Dalai Lama being discharged from a hospital in New Delhi and his return to Dharamshala on April 27 after treatment.

Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Baskota confirmed that the investigation was initiated at his orders.

Baskota said the Tibet issue is sensitive for China and dissemination of a report regarding the Dalai Lama by the state run news agency particularly during President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s state visit to China was against Nepal’s commitment to One China policy.

“We should be sensitive to our neighbours’ concerns,” Baskota told. “If a state-owned media in Nepal publishes a news item on Kashmir during a visit of the Indian prime minister, the Indian side will definitely raise their concerns,” said Baskota. “No state media writes about any controversial issue when the President is visiting the concerned country. That’s why I ordered a probe.”

Three reporters with the state owned wire service told the that after some media outlets ran the RSS report on the Dalai Lama, the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu raised concerns with the government of Nepal.

Meanwhile, the journalists facing the probe had met with the RSS chairman and expressed reservations about the working environment and the lack of press freedom.

All the three journalists, however, have already submitted their clarifications in writing.

The national news agency had picked the news item from an Indian private news agency, ANI, which had reported that Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama had returned to Dharamshala after receiving treatment at a private hospital for a chest infection.


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