FNJ to press for minimum wages to scribes

KATHMANDU: The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has decided to pile pressure on media houses that fail to implement the Working Journalist Act.

A meeting of the FNJ Central Committee held in Kathmandu on Tuesday decided to exert pressure on the media houses for the implementation of minimum wage determined by the government after increasing media persons' salary by 25 per cent, general secretary of FNJ Ramesh Bista said.

Likewise, FNJ has urged the government to implement and facilitate enforcement of the Working Journalist Act in all the media houses.

It has also asked the government to increase and implement the proportional advertisement policy to ensure sustainability of the local media houses and media houses with small investment.

Similarly, FNJ has asked the local government not to formulate laws that limit free press and freedom of expression.

The FNJ meeting has also taken exception to the local level and province governments' move to run their own media houses.

General Secretary Bista shared that the national conference of FNJ's province committee chairpersons, general secretaries, district chapters' chairs is scheduled to be held on December 19-20 in Biratnagar.