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Nepal: High level committee formed to study COVID-19 impact on media

Undersecretary Ojha informed that the high-level panel will study broader issues on the status of working journalists, their career, the impact of COVID-19 in media, media's contribution to prevention, and control of COVID-19 and submit a report.
A view of building of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, in 2017. Photo: Laxmi Gautam

KATHMANDU:- The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has formed a high-level committee under the coordination of Chairman of Minimum Wage Fixing Committee, Rajendra Aryal.

The members of the high-level committee are Chief of Central Department of Journalism, TU, Chiranjivi Khanal; Director General at Department of Information and Broadcasting, Kiran Raj Sharma; Chairman of Federation of Nepali Journalists, Govinda Acharya; Chairman of Media Society, Shuva Shankar Kandel; Chairman of Nepal Advertisement Association, Rabindra Kumar Rijal; Chairman of Broadcasting Association of Nepal, Chandra Neupane; Chairman of Community Radio Broadcasters Association, Subash Khatiwada; while the member secretary is Undersecretary at the Ministry, Sangita Ojha.

Undersecretary Ojha informed that the high-level panel will study broader issues on the status of working journalists, their career, the impact of COVID-19 in media, media’s contribution to prevention, and control of COVID-19 and submit a report. Coordinator Aryal said the study team has one month’s time to know the issues surrounding the difficulty faced by working journalists in the face of the COVID-19 crisis as non-payment, low payment, retrenchment, etc.

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