FNJ criticized for failure in defending journalists

BUTWAL: Media workers here have voiced dissatisfaction over the ineffective role of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in the fight against attacks and atrocities against journalists during the struggles waged by different ethnic and regional groups some few weeks back.

Media professionals heavily criticized the FNJ – an umbrella organization of working journalists across the country – for its unsatisfactory role in defending journalists while they were facing the spate of attacks, manhandle and misbehavior in course of reporting.

Journalists based in Rupandehi voiced this concern before the FNJ central monitoring team, which is now in Butwal to investigate into the incidents of media attack in the western region.

Confidence of perpetrators committing crime against journalists has boosted up due to weak role of FNJ, they urged the federation to make legal action against the guilty of such incidents a key agenda.

On the occasion, FNJ general secretary and monitoring team leader Om Sharma termed the attack on media last time during the agitations launched by different groups the ever-biggest in the history.

Condemning the barbaric attacks on journalists, Shamra made it clear that the FNJ would come up with appropriate measure to initiate legal action against the guilty.

At the programme, FNJ Rupandehi Chapter Chairperson Deepak Gyawali informed that more than a dozen journalists were assaulted and misbehaved in the district during the recent struggles.

Speaking on the occasion, FNJ Rupandehi Chapter advisor Suman Adhikari, Vice-chairperson Ramraj Pokharel, journalists including Bharat KC, Dinesh Pandey, Amrita Anmol, Bhawani Pandey, Amrit Giri, Bharat Pradhan criticized FNJ’s failure to defend journalists in the critical time. RSS

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