Binod Dhungel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Born in Makawanpur district of Nepal in 1971, Binod Dhungel started his journalism career from 1989 as a correspondent for a Kathmandu (Nepal)-based local newspaper. Experiencing some two and half decade of professional experiences in journalism the print, broadcasting and telecasting media in several leading roles, he is also a popular talk-show host in current affairs. He has worked as a program producer and presenter for the state-owned Nepal Television and Radio Nepal, and editor for Nepal FM Network and Communications Corner.
He has reported for, and even edited dozens of newspapers, and magazines including the Kathmandu-based national broadsheet daily Nepal Samacharpatra. Writer of hundreds of newspaper articles, and dozens of media-related research articles, Dhungel has authored and edited around a dozen of books, and of these, two books were released by the government heads.
Dhungel has served as team leader of various field trips in conflict-ridden areas of rural Nepal as a journalist, as well as a human rights defender and media expert. He also has participated in the International Media Missions to Nepal in different capacities during and post-conflict period in Nepal. Recognized as an active member of the civil society for peace and democracy, he is a strong campaigner for press freedom in Nepal.
Dhungel has worked with some international and national organizations, including the International Alert, Equal Access International (EAI), Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), SPDI/UNDP, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Poverty Alleviation Fund Nepal, Center for Legal Research and Resource Development (CeLRRd) in different capacities, and has performed research works and media expertise for some foreign media and media organizations, right-based organizations, educational and professional institutions and development projects.
Dhungel holds Master’s Degrees in Mass Communication and Journalism (MA MCJ), and Political Science (MA), and Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics & Geography (BA), and Law (BL).
Dhungel has always been a source of inspiration to Bhutan News Service (BNS). He is the first Nepali journalist, who encouraged and helped us host a weekly radio program from the Nepal FM aimed at advocating the Bhutanese refugee issue. He has also been volunteering at various levels since years for the growth of our news agency. Currently, he is leading a BNS team to reprint a historical book, being banned inside Bhutan since four decades, by DB Lamitare, one of the living legends of Bhutanese democratic and human rights movement.