Media Release: Nepal
May 23, 2013
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
joins its affiliate, the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), in expressing
concern over incidents within the daily newspaper Rajdhani, which led to the distribution of the May 19 edition being
Workers have since been staging a sit-in protest
outside the newspaper office in the Kupondole area of Kathmandu.
Reports from IFJ sources indicate that the employees
of Rajdhani on May 19 put forward a five-point charter of demands including the
regularisation of staff who had put in more than 240 days of service and the
implementation of relevant laws on minimum wages. Soon afterwards, they seized
all copies of the newspaper that were being readied for distribution in the
“We are disturbed by this sequence of events and call
on both sides to settle all issues that stand between them in a spirit of
fairness and mutual accommodation”, said the IFJ Asia Pacific.
The IFJ supports the FNJ call that the production and
distribution of the newspaper be resumed, so that an environment is created for
talks which could address all issues of concern.
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