10 per cent journalists become jobless due to coronavirus
KATHMANDU:- Around 10 per cent media persons have become jobless due to coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, shows a study report.
Similarly, salary of nine per cent media persons has been curtailed and 20 per cent journalists have not received their salary. One-fourth media persons have not got salary for the past four months, shows the study report.
It is shared in a programme organized to release the preliminary result of the study on ‘Impact of COVID-19 in journalism sector’ by a team comprising researchers Madhu Acharya and Bhumi Chapagain. The study was carried out in collaboration with Federation of Nepali Journalists and Sharecast Initiative Nepal on 2008 journalists of all seven states.
As per the report, profession and income of more than forty per cent journalists has been affected. Four per cent of media persons lost their jobs and six per cent were forced to stay on unpaid leave.
Likewise, 70 per cent media persons faced inconvenience to collect and disseminate news due to coronavirus pandemic, shows the report.
Two-third journalists affected due to coronavirus pandemic and lockdown have been facing problems in their daily life.
Not only media persons, media house owner journalists have also been found affected due to corona and lockdown. Around 14 per cent media houses are unable to pay salary to media persons after imposing of lockdown.
The report also shows that the future of journalism sector might be affected due to coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.
FNJ President Govinda Prasad Acharya said that the study was carried out with an objective of bringing the reality out as coronavirus pandemic has been found to have caused an adverse impact on media sector.
“Most of the journalists have become jobless. They are facing problems even to run their daily livelihood”, added Acharya.
Similarly, former Presidents of FNJ—Shiva Gaunle, Taranath Dahal, and Suresh Acharya, talked about the problems facing media persons due to coronavirus pandemic.