Maintaining that the Ministry had seriously taken the issues raised by the FNJ, The Ministry’s Secretary Dr Baikuntha Aryal said the issue of establishing the communication academy was being discussed at various stages.
Former FNJ President Dr. Mahendra Bista stressed the need for the communications sector to help raise living standards of people with the expansion and access of technology.
Also, former FNJ President Gobinda Acharya asked Minister Sharma to set up various funds in line with existing laws for the welfare of working journalists.
Stating that small-scale media were on the verge of a closure without funds, and the Working Journalists Act was yet to be fully implemented, he stressed the need for the FNJ to take initiatives for the holistic welfare of working journalists.
The FNJ’s advisor Nirmala Sharma however said incidents and remarks from the political sectors on press had posed challenges and risks on democracy.
Likewise, Chairperson of the Press Council Nepal, Bal Krishna Basnet, stressed the need for regulating new media that is emerging with the advent of technology.
The FNJ General Secretary Roshan Puri demanded the establishment of the communication academy for enhancing journalists’ efficiency.
He drew the attention of the Minister to the incident wherein there was a lack of FNJ’s representation in the government’s policy committee related to communications while demanding the identification of journalists based on media houses they are associated with.