KATHMANDU, June 29 : A meeting of the office-bearers and members of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) available in Kathmandu Monday has decided to stage a massive protest at Babarmahal on July 3 calling for the job security and the rights of working journalists.
The FNJ stated that this demonstration is being organised based on the warning with deadline that it had submitted at the media houses before this.
The meeting was chaired by FNJ president Govinda Acharya. It made a serious assessment on the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic on the media industry and the professional security of the working journalists. The meeting came to the conclusion that complicated problems have been seen like expulsion of working journalists, keeping them on unpaid leave, deducting their salary, denying working environment and not giving any job responsibility during the lockdown period.
The umbrella organisation of journalists across the country, FNJ, had already taken decision before this to wage a strong movement for the protection of the rights and interests of the working journalists.
The schedule for protest programmes as organising impromptu sit-in protest, picketing and installing black banner at media houses where such problems have been seen, beginning from July 4, has been set, states a press statement issued by FNJ general-secretary Ramesh Bista.
The FNJ has decided to urge the government, the parliament, professional organisations, the United Nations Organisation, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the international community for solidarity in calling for the job protection of working journalists.RSS