Kathmandu, May 26
Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has urged journalists to increase surveillance over incidents of corruption and irregularities as the long lockdown imposed to control the coronavirus outbreak has increased the risk of illegal acts in the country.
Speaking at a function organised on the occasion of the anniversary of Nepal Press Union, an organisation of journalists loyal to his party, Deuba said the lockdown made an easy environment for the people willing to commit corruption, hence the media should be more watchful.
The main opposition leader criticised Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, recalling he accused the media of trying to invite instability when they reported various irregularities that amounted to corruption. “I request him to stop making anti-press freedom statements. The prime minister needs to move ahead by correcting the mistakes as pointed out by the media.”
On the occasion, Deuba also expressed his dissatisfaction with the government’s response to the Covid-19 crisis. “It has been two months since the lockdown was introduced, but the tests are not sufficient yet,” he said, “We need to ask people to identify if it is a quarantine camp or a cowshed. There are not any adequate medical supplies. Relief materials for the people hit by the lockdown have not been arranged. In this situation, the media need to be more vocal.”