Sunday, May 31, 2009

Handbook for exiled journalists now available

SOURCE: Media Helping Media A handbook, written to help train journalists working in exile, has been produced in Nepal.

The author is a Bhutanese refugee who has been working as a journalist in the refugee camps for several years.

T.P. Mishra, the editor of the Bhutan News Service , said the book was part of an effort to equip those who previously had no voice with the essential tools needed in order to ensure that their situation was made known to the wider world.

T.P Mishra presented the book entitled ‘Becoming A Journalist In Exile’ to Nepalese Minister for Information and Communication, Krishna Bahadur Mahara at a ceremony in Kathmandu.

Mahara congratulated Mishra on the publication and said the Nepalese government was now ready to extend all possible support to refugee journalists, despite a number of legal hurdles yet to be surmounted.

Nepalese journalist, Dhruva Hari Adhikari reviewed the book saying that it has all those components needed to help all journalists, from those starting off in the profession to senior journalists.

He said it also set out the current media situation in Bhutan and listed the problems that Bhutanese journalists in exile have been facing.

Human rights leader Tek Nath Rizal congratulated Mishra for producing the book and highlighting the situation faced by Bhutanese refugees.

This site provided support for the production of the book and submitted content for one of the chapters.

The book was release simultaneously in Nepal and worldwide through internet today.

The book can be ordered through Pay Pal from a link at the APFA website . It costs US$25 and, according to T.P. Mishra, the revenue generated will go towards continued support for the Bhutanese media in exile.

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