30.04.2014 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

UNESCO publishes handbook on RTI and investigative journalism

The UNESCO Office in Kathmandu has published a handbook on Right to Information (RTI) and Investigative journalism intended for journalists. Nepal adopted the act on RTI in 2007 with the expectation of improving the transparency and accountability of the government of Nepal. Whereas the RTI is legally guaranteed, the country is facing many challenges in the implementation of the Act. The book comes at the time when Nepalese journalists face severe shortage of such materials in the Nepali language.

Journalists are regarded as the crucial part of the implementation process of RTI. However, many of them do not refer to the RTI when on duty because of the lack of knowledge and awareness on the issues. Furthermore, knowledge of RTI is very important for investigative journalism as it helps to bring out the hidden issues to the public eye and plays the role of a ‘watchdog’ so as to make the state power holders accountable.

It is expected that the handbook will help journalists strengthen their capacity while on duty and provide tools and techniques for investigative journalism, which contribute to improving the transparency and accountability of state bodies.

The handbook provides theoretical explanation in general and Nepal’s experience in particular including practical aspects of utilizing RTI laws in investigative journalism. The handbook is published under the project "Empowering people to enjoy their Right to Information for greater accountability of Nepal's power holder" co-funded by EU.

The handbook, खोज पत्रकारिताका लागि सूचनाको हक, is available for free downloading.

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