FNJ pickets Himalaya, Avenues TV Offices

Kathmandu, June 16: The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) officials and journalists of various media organizations staged a two-hour-long sit-in protest at the Himalayan Television and Avenues Television Office to express their solidarity to the demands of the working journalists, today.

The working journalists associated to the television channels have been organizing the sit-in protest demanding that they should be paid their salary payable to them.

FNJ President Dr Mahendra Bista and other FNJ officials as well as journalists associated to various media organizations participated in the protest on the occasion.

Following the sit-in protest, the television operators concerned are reported to have expressed their readiness to hold talks and settle the issue.        

Talking to journalists after the sit-in protest at the Avenues Television Office premises, President Dr Bista said the FNJ joined the protest to struggle for  securing the rights of the working journalists and that no talks will be held with the Television operators until the arrears were cleared.

 Dr Bista said, "The media houses could no more be the places of exploiting the labour of journalists. There would be no difference if such media houses were not operated." 

 Similarly, coordinator of the Revolutionary Journalists' Association Govinda Acharya, General Secretary of the Press Chautari Nepal Madhav Nepal, and Treasurer of the Nepal Press Union Sarojraj Adhikari  expressed commitment to the protest on the occasion. They said the media organizations would support any protest organized by the victim journalists.

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