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Independence of umbrella organization of Nepali journalists comes under scrutiny

Kathmandu: The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), an umbrella organization of Nepali journalists, is mired in controversy after its office bearers openly flouted its code of conduct.

Not just general members of the FNJ, even its central committee members and other office bearers are vying for different positions in major political parties—Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, both of which are hosting their general conventions this month. Moreover, some members of the FNJ are formally affiliated with other major political parties, including UCPN (Maoist Center).

Candidacy in political parties is clearly against the spirit of the statute of FNJ. This also violates the code of conduct for journalists issued by the Press Council of Nepal, with the consent of the FNJ itself. Doing so directly affects the independence of journalists.

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