KATHMANDU: The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has expressed serious concern over the closure of around one dozen newspapers published from Pokhara due to agitation launched by the All Nepal Communication, Press and Publication Workers´ Association, Kaski, by putting forth different demands. Over a dozen newspapers closed as the workers did not agree to resume work till their demands were met.
According to Kaski chapter of FNJ, daily newspapers published from Pokhara could not be published after workers launched agitation by putting forth 11-point demands including permanent appointment letters to workers working in press and their accident insurance.
FNJ requested the agitating side to create an environment for publishing newspapers unhindered without making any types of obstruction on it and to be serious towards it and to resolve problems through talks and discussion as not to allow publishing newspaper is against the people´s right to information.
A press release issued today by General Secretary of FNJ, Om Sharma, stated that the FNJ also urged the press management side to respect press freedom and freedom of expression by creating an environment of publishing newspapers at the earliest by fulfilling rightful demands put forth by the press workers.
Nepali media has been facing problem as the size of media is vast high than the size of the advertisement market.
Meanwhile, journalists and employees of news24 television channel, a premium news channel of Nepal, have stopped their work saying the management failed to pay their remuneration. It is said that news24 channel borrowed visuals from tarai television to run news as the staff left to work.
The management has promised to pay their salary of two months by tomorrow. However saying the management deceived them time and again they said that they would start work once the management provides them the salary of two months. Journalists started protest once promoters of the television channel were blacklisted by a bank after they failed to pay loan and interest amount. However FNJ is yet to comment on the issue. Many media of Nepal have not been able to pay the salary of staff as there is unfair competition in the media sector.
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