Freedom Forum began the 5-day Public Interest Reporting Training in Sindhupalchowk, on November 17, 2017.

Greeting all the participants, Program Officer (CS:MAP) Bhawana Poddar  welcomed the trainers and facilitators, Executive Chief Taranath Dahal, General Secretary Dharmendra Jha and Senior Investigative Journalist Hasta Gurung.

Senior journalists and RTI experts, Mr. Dahal and Jha shed light on the evolution, principles, scope of Public Interest Reporting sharing the news which serves larger people is public interest reporting.

Adding to this, Senior Journalist Hasta Gurung explained how public interest reporting is different than investigative reporting and mentioned about the internal and overall goals for public interest reporting.

In the next session, Guest Lecturer Nepal Reconstruction Authority Under-Secretary and Asst. Spokesperson Dr. Bhisma Kumar Bhusal presented a paper on Post-earthquake relief and rehabilitation and reconstruction in Nepal. On the other hand, Nepal Red Cross Society Program Coordinator, Anirudra Neupane turned the pages on response, reconstruction and rehabilitation of post-earthquake and the issues regarding earthquake being a reporter in Nepalese context.

A total of 18 journalists from various print and electronic media have participated in the training organized under the project “Civil Society Mutual Accountability Project (CS: MAP)”, supported by USAID and implemented by FHI360. . This first phase of training held outskirts of Kathmandu involves journalists from the different parts of Nepal (Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Makwanpur, Ramechhap, Sindhuli, Kavre and Okhaldhunga).Among 18 participants 3 are females.