IFJ Condemns Threat to Sack Journalists in Nepal

The International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) is alarmed at reports that the management of the New Delhi-based Nepal One Television threatened on July 14 to enforce a mass sacking of

journalists and media workers from its Kathmandu



According to the Federation of

Nepali Journalists (FNJ), an IFJ affiliate, the management barricaded the

building on July 14, preventing employees from entering, after employees

demanded the implementation of their workplace agreement.


The FNJ reports that Nepal One’s Kathmandu staff have sought repeatedly in recent weeks to

open a dialogue with the management on the implementation of the terms of the



However, it is reported that the

representative of Nepal One’s management in Kathmandu,

Hakikat Kadyan, responded with threats to evict staff and shut down the office.


“The action by Nepal One’s

management is a serious breach of an agreement worked out in May 2007 after a

prolonged agitation by journalists,” IFJ Asia-Pacific



“The demands made by Nepal One

Television workers, including the issuance of appointment letters to all staff,

insurance cover, a provident fund scheme, leave allowances and reimbursement of

essential expenses incurred in the process of reporting, are reasonable and



The IFJ originally welcomed the 2007

agreement between staff and Nepal One Television but raised concerns when local

workers reported management was not honouring its terms.


“The IFJ calls upon the

authorities to do all that is permitted under Nepal’s media law to ensure that

journalists and other staff at the television broadcaster get a fair deal.”



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information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919



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