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Oct 01: At a time when exiled Bhutanese journalists have complained about fragile security for reporting from refugee camps in Jhapa Nepal, a 5-day ‘basics journalism training’ has been launched.

Refugee camp-based ‘Prabashi Aankha’ (meaning- exile eye), a group of youths that organized the training, stated that the program was aimed at creating awareness among refugee youths towards journalism.

According to Lok Bahadur Mahara, co-ordinator of the group, as many as 30 refugee youths including teens participated in the training program.

A training participant pose to camera holding a copy of the book 'becoming a journalist in exile.' Photo/Arjun
A participant holds a book 'becoming a journalist in exile.' Photo/Arjun

Senior journalist Bhakta Ghimire, manager of Bhutan News Service (BNS) Vidhyapati Mishra, and special correspondent of BNS Arjun Pradhan were facilitators of the training program.

Mahara further informed BNS that the participants were also provided with a copy of the book ‘Becoming a journalist in exile’ authored by TP Mishra free of any costs.

At least a couple of hundreds of Bhutanese refugees are actively involved in journalism sector, mainly aimed at raising their voice for establishment of complete media freedom in Bhutan. A part of their advocacy also includes their objective of working for public’s right to information.

By Arjun Pradhan/BNS


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