HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Information and Communication has decided to give away the National Journalism Award-2068 to senior journalist Kedar Man Singh Shrestha, who had been with BBC Nepali Service, and confer Senior Journalist Honour-2068 on Dhanusha-based journalist Rajewshor Nepali, journalism teacher Lal Deusa Rai and editor of Chhalphal weekly Gopal Prasad Thapalia next week.
The awards instituted in 2009 recognise mediapersons’ contribution to journalism, people and democracy.
On the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day (May 3), Information and Communication Minister Raj Kishor Yadav had decided to honour the journalists with the awards on the recommendation of two committees formed under joint-secretary Sushil Kumar Ojha.
The ministry will honour the four mediapersons amid a function at Singha Durbar, Ojha informed at the weekly ‘meet the press’ organised in the Capital to inform about the honours. Each award and honor carries a purse of Rs 200,000.
Members of the selection committee for the national journalism award included treasurer of the Federation of Nepali Journalists Sheetal Shah, Dev Prasad Tripathi and Dhirendra
FNJ secretary Jagat Nepal, Madhav Sharma, Kiran Nepal and Chandra Kishor Jha were in the committee that selected recipients of the senior journalists’ honour.
Ojha said that the selection is in line with Cabinet guidelines.
Lamjung-based journalist Tara Neupane had received the ‘National Journalism Award-2067’, while Panna Lal Gupta of Banke district, Shakti Lamsal of Kathmandu and Madhav Sharma of Kaski had received ‘Senior Journalist Honour-2067’.