Journalists under investigation

Kathmandu,May 13 : 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.

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