The journalists who were expelled from job have intensified the protest in the capital city. They have staged sit-in protest in front of Radio Nepal station building at Singhadurbar, Kathmandu on September 10.
Freedom Forum's representative for Far-west Province Min Bam informed,"Journalists demonstrated black banners demanding restoration of three journalists, implement provisions of Working Journalists Act and ensure minimum wage for journalists."
Earlier, three journalists working at Province Broadcasting Center Dipayal of Radio Nepal namely, Sunita Rawal, Prakash Bam and Chakra Kunwar were dismissed from their job without prior notice and explanation.
Journalist Rawal who was working with Radio Nepal for 10 years was dismissed from her job along with two other journalists who were working there for three years. Three of them were called at the Radio Broadcasting Service Development Committee on August 19 and informed about their dismissal verbally without any explanation.
The incident shows that government is not serious about financial security and stability of journalists in their profession.
Freedom Forum is severely concerned over the dismissal of journalists without showing any reason. The dismissal of journalists in the media run by the government shows sheer insecurity of journalists and their profession. Posing journalists to financial insecurity and depriving them of profession has not only violated their right to work but also jeopardized press freedom.
Hence, FF strongly urges the concerned media house to restore them in the positions they were in the organization and ensure financial security of the journalists.
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