Kathmandu, June 8:
Minister for Information and Communications Raj Kishor Yadav Friday said that the government had no intention to control the media.
Speaking at an award distribution ceremony organized at his office, Minister Yadav expressed his firm commitment to press freedom.
Minister Yadav also urged the media sector to be accountable to the people.
Stating that the media had undergone a significant growth in quantity after the political change of 1990, he said that the qualitative growth, however, was not at par with its quantity.
He said that he was ready to cooperate with the media and media persons for their progress.
He also urged all the media persons to respect the right and freedom of others while enjoying their own right and freedom.
Talking about the dispute that arose following a Ministry letter to the Image FM, Minister Yadav clarified that the Ministry had written the letter not with the intent to control the media.
He said, "The government has sent the letter to the Image FM urging it to be more accountable while airing its programme following the people’s complaint at the Hello Sarkar.
At the function, Minister Yadav decorated senior journalist Kedar Man Singh Shrestha with National Journalism Award.
Similarly, he handed over the Senior Journalist Awards to three senior journalists, Rajeshwor Nepali, Lal Deusa Rai and Gopal Prasad Thapaliya.