Journalists should bring societies together: FNJ President Bista

PYUTHAN: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) President Dr Mahendra Bista urged all the journalists and media outlets in the country to play constructive role in maintaining social cohesion and communal amity in the context of latest disturbances in the country.

In a discussion with working journalists in Pyuthan district today, President Bista said that the safety of journalists was increasingly becoming vulnerable and cases of infringement on press freedom were also on rise in the country.

Bista cited that as many as 95 cases of press freedom infringement were recorded in various places in the southern plains during the 100 days of agitation in Terai.

On the occasion, he said that the FNJ will make efforts for the immediate implementation of the Journalists Remuneration Act which is only limited to paper for nearly 20 years.

President Bista also shared that efforts were underway to set up a Central Training Centre in coordination with the government for journalists to build their capacity.

Receiving a memo submitted by a local journalist Pramod Pokharel whose mother was killed in a bomb blast few years ago, Bista said that it was imperative to pile pressure from the district and regional level for the investigation of the incident which has not yet been carried out.