The Nepal Weekly | May 04, 2021
The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has called media houses to ensure the job security of media professionals amidst the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
As many as 517 journalists have so far became victims of job insecurity due to the Covid-19 pandemic. FNJ’s media monitoring unit revealed that the highest number of journalists/media workers faced cases of job insecurity in the previous year.
The FNJ, an umbrella organisation of journalists, has asked media houses not to sack journalists and cut off their facilities and to pay special attention to their health in the present situation, informed FNJ Chair Bipul Pokhrel.
In a message of best wishes on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day – 2021 May 3, the FNJ chair said journalists are facing a double whammy amidst the raging Covid-19 crisis: professionally they are bound to reach their audiences with accurate and reliable information and at the same, they face the greater risk of being sacked.
The FNJ records showed that 45 anti-press freedom incidents were reported in a year and 584 journalists including 77 women and three media houses became the victims of such cases. Similarly, six journalists were arrested in the reporting period and four faced obstructions in course of carrying out their duties and seizure of their belongings. Similarly, 48 journalists became victims of physical assaults, 12 faced threats and misbehave and 517 were displaced from the job.