The first provincial gathering of the Federation of Nepali Journalists Bagmati province concluded in Sauraha today, issuing an 11-point declaration.

The two-day gathering concluded, demanding the establishment of the Mass Communications Training Academy in Chitwan.

Reminding the government of the decision of the FNJ Central Committee to establish the academy, the gathering emphasised on execution of the decision.

Besides, guarantee of freedom of the Press, working journalists' rights, and capacity enhancement and professional security of journalists were other issues raised by the gathering. It has drawn the serious attention of bodies concerned towards removal from jobs, pay cuts and non-payment in media houses in the name of COV- ID-19 pandemic. The session condemned such moves of media houses and demanded correction of such actions and due payment to journalists promptly.

Meanwhile, speaking at the concluding session of the gathering, Bagmati Province Minister of Internal Affairs and Law Krishna Prasad Khanal pledged to come up with programmes to address the issues of media houses and journalists facing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the province government would soon sit with the bodies concerned to discuss the matter and make efforts to address their concerns. The minister also said he would make efforts for the establishment of the academy in Chitwan.

A version of this article appears in the print on November 1, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.