Govt seeks clarification from Radio Nepal chief over Baburam Bhattarai interview

File: Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

Kathmandu, April 28

A day after the government-run Radio Nepal broadcast a live interview of opposition leader Baburam Bhattarai, in which he criticised Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in strong words, the government had sought a clarification from the station’s chief.

The government’s move is highly likely to draw further criticism against it.

Over the issue, the station’s executive director Suresh Kumar Karki had apologised to the government publicly, removing the interview from the station’s website. Many stakeholders of the sector and the public had considered his submissiveness as a move against press freedom.

A day after that, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology wrote to Karki to submit his explanation in the next three days. The letter states that the communications minister decided to seek his clarification.

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