Radio journalists interact on UN plan of action
The UNESCO Kathmandu Office in association with the Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (ACORAB) Nepal organized a half day national workshop on safety of radio journalists. A total of 35 community radio journalists from different parts of the country participated in the workshop. The event was organized under the UNPFN / UNESCO Project Increasing the Safety of Journalists on 14 February in Kathmandu on the occasion of the third World Radio Day.
Speaking at the opening session of the workshop, Amita Vohra, Officer-In-Charge of the UNESCO Kathmandu Office said, “The role of radio for the promotion of freedom of expression and pluralism is crucial. Radio is essential to building inclusive knowledge societies and to promoting respect and understanding between people”. “I call today on all radio journalists gathered here from different parts of the country to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and men in and through radio”, she added.
Shiva Gaunle, President of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) said, “Impunity is the main reason behind increasing attacks upon journalists”. He also reminded that the journalists should be responsible while writing news so as to minimize risks at work.
Presentations on the UN plan of action on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity, preliminary observations of the project and the safety status of radio journalists were made during the workshop.
In his presentation, Laxman Datt Pant, Project Coordinator of the UNPFN/UNESCO project “Increasing the Safety of Journalists”, highlighted the project objectives, strategies and status of the activities. A number of activities including regional and national consultations on establishing nationally owned mechanism, inception context analysis, analysis on the status and capacity of functional media rights violations desks have been accomplished so far, he informed.
Laxman Humagain, General Manager of Nepal Television presented a paper on UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issues of Impunity. He highlighted the key operational modalities of the plan with its link to Nepal while Laxmi Basnet, Senior Programme Producer of ACORAB Nepal highlighted the safety situation of community radio journalists across the country.
The workshop attended by reporters, editors and station managers of different radio stations of the country was chaired by Mohan Chapagain, President of ACORAB Nepal. The participants raised several questions on professional and physical safety of the journalists.
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