HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The two-day second national gathering of the Association of Nepalese Indigenous Nationalities Journalists (ANIJ) concluded today adopting a 13-point Kathmandu declaration.
The umbrella organisation of journalists from the community of indigenous nationalities has demanded that the government ensure plurality in media and inclusive newsroom. The government should form a high-level commission to draft an inclusive communication policy to achieve this end, it said. The gathering also demanded an all-powerful Inclusive Media Development Academy for the empowerment of indigenous nationalities and other disadvantaged groups.
“The government should take immediate action to make the newsrooms of the state-owned media, including Gorkhapatra, The Rising Nepal, RSS, Nepal Television and Radio Nepal, inclusive,” the 13-point ANIJ charter states.
ANIJ also demanded that the government provide training to journalists from disadvantaged groups, including Indigenous Nationalities, minorities, women and Dalits. The gathering concluded that there is no alternative to reinstating the Constituent Assembly for the promulgation of the constitution that guarantees federalism-based on ethnic identity.
Around 150 senior journalists from 45 district committees of ANIJ attended the two-day gathering that endorsed organisational report of general secretary Danda Gurung and financial report of treasurer Tika Ram Pradhan.
Senior indigenous leaders Chaitanya Subba, Krishna Bhattachan, Mahendra Lawoti, politicians Prithvi Subba Gurung, Ashok Rai, chairman of Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) Rajkumar Lekhi, NEFIN general secretary Ang Kaji Sherpa addressed the gathering.