Report Highlights Poor Working Conditions In Nepal

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and

its affiliate the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) welcome the renewed

focus on journalists’ wages and working conditions in Nepal, while registering deep

concern at the picture that emerges from a recent report of the statutory

Committee for the Fixation of Minimum Wages.



Committee, formed under Nepal’s Working Journalists’ Act (WJA) has pointed out,

in a report submitted on November 24, that 37 percent of the country’s

journalists are paid below the prescribed minimum wage, while 45 percent of

journalists are working without letters of appointment. Among the media houses

surveyed, 48 percent had failed to introduce basic measures such as retirement

and welfare funds, medical cover and insurance.


“The IFJ has

stood by the FNJ in their tireless campaign for democracy and subsequent work

with Nepal’s

new political order to see vitally needed amendments to the Working Journalists’

Act introduced,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said.



the figures revealed by this report show that media houses are still choosing

not to invest in quality journalism or the professional development of members

of staff, and they in many cases fail to comply with their legal obligations to

issue letters of appointment.”


According to

the FNJ, the recent media boom in Nepal has created favourable

conditions for professionals within newspapers and broadcasters catering to the

upper income demographic strata, which are generally favoured by the high-value

advertisers. However, the situation for the vast majority of journalists,

including those in Nepal’s

dynamic and expanding radio sector, remains dismal.

“The IFJ supports the FNJ’s efforts to ensure that this annual audit of working

conditions and wages in the media is widely discussed – and most importantly –

acted upon,” Ms Park said.


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