Kathmandu, Aug 29: The implementation status of new remuneration and facilities recommended by the Working Journalists Act (WJA) is not satisfactory as working journalists are found to have not provided perks and facilities fixed by the WJA in majority of the media houses.
A gathering of office-bearers of capital-based district and associate bodies of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) held here Monday concluded that almost all media house have ignored the enforcement of the WJA that came into force from the beginning of the current fiscal year.
The gathering ended with a decision of requesting all media house in writing to immediately enforce the Act, the FNJ General Secretary Ujir Magar said in a press statement. Besides, the gathering agreed to form a monitoring committee to monitor the status of WJA enforcement and make collective efforts to address problems facing its enforcement. The committee shall comprise representatives of the Ministry of Information and Communications, Office of the Press Registrar, Minimum Wages Fixation Committee, FNJ and all organisations relating to media management.
Addressing the gathering, FNJ President Dr Mahendra Bista underlined the need of launching a campaign to ensure the full enforcement of new perks, facilities and remunerations recommended by the Minimum Wages Fixation Committee for working journalists.