KATHMANDU: The US Embassy in Nepal on Wednesday organised a digital video conference with Charles Lewis, renowned American journalist and tenured professor of journalism, on the investigative journalism on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2012.
“Journalists have to dig out facts with endurance and good judgment while doing investigative journalism to stand up to power,” Lewis, who teaches journalism at the American University and School of Communication, said from Washington D.C. while interacting with the Nepali media professionals during the live digital conference.
About three dozen Nepali journalists took part in the conference organised at the US Embassy in Maharajgunj this evening.
A bestselling author and national investigative journalist for the past 30 years, Lewis stressed that the journalists should be critically observe the people on power to be a good investigative journalist playing a role of a watchdog on the public concerns and courageously delve into the facts patiently.
He suggested that the journalists should not merely quote the statements given by the people in power but should go beyond the mere verbatim delving into the facts.
After quitting a successful career as a producer for the CBS News programme 60 minutes, Professor Lewis began the Centre for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan watchdog organisation in Washington that investigates political issues, corruption and other ethics-related issues.