Introduction

Established in 2015, Media Action Nepal (MAN) is a group of media experts, freedom of expression advocates, communications professionals, journalists, media researchers and trainers who are dedicated towards preserving the hard earned democracy and media freedom mainly through research, policy dialogues and capacity building of journalists and communicators.  

MAN safeguards Freedom of Expression and enhances citizen participation and dialogue to strengthen democracy for sustainable development by enabling a free, vibrant and responsible media in Nepal.  It engages media in creating constructive dialogue to improve governance and service delivery system and to increase public participation in the development process. Our interventions are focused on building the capacities of independent pluralistic media so to boost the professional competencies of journalists and media professionals. MAN came into existence mainly for two reasons:

a. To contribute with professional insights towards the growing need for increased and improved communications on diverse issues relating to human rights, gender sensitivity, sustainable development, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and protection of labor rights, child rights, women rights and public health

b. To promote the culture of free expression and strengthen the independent, vibrant and accountable  media by  preserving the fundamental right to freedom of expression and right to information guaranteed by the  international human rights treaties and the Nepalese Constitution.

Since its inception, MAN has initiated and implemented with need based communications and media initiatives. The organization collaborates with national and international partners by offering and providing services guided by the UN instruments on human rights and humanitarian laws including UDHR, ICCPR, CEDAW, CRC, ILO conventions, sustainable development goals, national plans, and fundamental rights provisions within the constitution of Nepal –all meant to defend democracy and media freedom to ensure free and accountable media. MAN uses approaches of capacity building, research and policy advocacy in line with the national and international human rights and media rights instruments and the periodic development agenda.