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BHUTAN-Wary of Big Brother

BHUTAN-Wary of Big Brother

The result was that Samaj, like most other papers in Kathmandu, was forced to abandon the composed matter ready to go for printing. Similarly, the English daily, Himali Beta, usually regarded as close to the Palace, apologised for being unable to bring out its issue of Thursday. The issue had carried a summary of the joint statement; but no sooner was the paper of! the press when "we received a last minute order from the local administration prohibiting us to publish the joint statement. We were thus compelled to withhold the distribution of all the copies of the paper". The paper also carried an editorial on the subject under the caption, "Marvellous Bungling''. What rankled Himali Bela was that All India Radio had broadcast only those parts of the statement regarding fundamental rights and parliamentary democracy, and even some Nepalesc newspapers had published the joint statement in full including "those highly objectionable portions which cast reflections on the functioning of the system and the leadership of the Crown"; but those papers which had always abided by the government's order had become the victims of this marvellous bungling, Sameeksha, a Nepali language weekly, also commented upon how the local press was deprived of the news which had already become the talk of the town after AIR broadcast and its publication in a section of Indian Press. However, permission to publish the statement was given after Prime Minister Kirtinidhi Bista intervened and prevailed upon Biswa Bandhu Thapa, Chairman of the Back to the Village Campaign Committee, to give his clearance to local press.

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