11 June 2006

Ha.. Ha… Changing Gorkhapatra. Where is the change ?

By Harsha Man Maharjan
The Gorkhapatra, granny of Nepali print journalism always served people in power. It was true for Rana regime. No exception for Panchayat or twelve years of constitutional monary. During agitation for the restoration of democracy in 2062 and 2063, it criticized seven party alliances, movement for press freedom of Federation of Nepalese Journalist.
Its tone changed after the king returned sovereignty to people after Janaandolan 2063. Krishna K.C. who used to criticize FNJ and seven party alliance, now writes about press freedom and the need of privatizing the Gorkhapatra Sansthan. He thinks no government can run media in democracy. In his article he even informs that the Gorkhapatra Sansthan is getting nothing from the Government. Instead it is paying huge amount of money to the government.
Yet it seems GP has not changed its loyalty.
Even today it only serves the ministers not people. It is serving other GP(Girija Prasad Koirala). When will it serve the people ?

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