IFJ Report Outlines Continuing Challenges for Journalists in Nepal

The International Federation

of Journalists (IFJ) today announces the release of a new report available in

English and Nepali, the result of a 12 month project conducted in partnership

with IFJ affiliate the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ).

 

Reporting for All: Challenges for the Media in

Nepal’s

Democratic Transition is the

outcome of media monitoring, training workshops and focus group discussions

with a wide cross-section of the country’s journalists.

 

“This report shows that Nepal’s

democratic transition is far from complete with journalists and media organisations

continuing to face key challenges in the current environment,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

Media monitoring assessed levels of editorial sensitivity towards key

issues in Nepal’s

democratic transition, such as the restitution of land lost and accountability

for human rights abuses perpetrated during the decade-long civil war.

 

Training workshops conducted in the capital Kathmandu, Biratnagar in the

country’s east and Nepalganj in the western Terai region, covered the key

principles of conflict sensitive journalism and their relevance to Nepal.

 

A series of focus group discussions assessed the relative willingness and

ability of various news organisations to address the key issues involved in the

democratic transition.

 

The program concluded with a two-day roundtable discussion in Kathmandu involving senior Nepali journalists and other

media stakeholders, which delivered a consensus on the main findings of the

earlier research and focus group discussions.

 

The final report is available in English and Nepali from the IFJ Asia-Pacific website here.

Printed copies in Nepali are being distributed within the country by the FNJ.

 

The project was carried out with the financial support of UNESCO.

 

The Reporting for All: Challenges

for the Media in Nepal’s Democratic Transition report can be accessed at http://asiapacific.ifj.org/en/pages/ifj-asia-pacific-reports. 

 

For further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919

 

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