Kathmandu,3 Feb 2015: The Federation of Nepali Journalists on Tuesday has underscored the need of strict implementation of the Working Journalist Act (WJA) by the media houses, so that the financial security of the working journalists could be ensured.
The umbrella organization of journalists from across the country accused the government and the media houses of not showing seriousness towards putting the WJA into action. The participants of a programme held with the representatives of various organizations of journalists stressed for the preparation of the agitation.
FNJ President Dr Mahendra Bista said the journalists were pressed into opting for agitation after multiple phase-wise discussions with the government, media houses and the concerned organizations over the implementation of the WJA yielded no results.
Bista said the preparations for agitation would run simultaneously with the dialogues with concerned ministry, parliamentary committee, media houses, Press Council, Minimum Wage Fixation Committee and the Office of the Press Registrar.
FNJ former president Suresh Acharya underlined the necessity for classification of the media and full implementation of the WJA in the media.
At the programme, Press Union Chairman Badri Sigdel, Press Chautari Chairman Rajendra Aryal and Revolutionary Journalists Association Chairman Govinda Acharya spoke of the urgency in securing the rights of working journalists.