Mr. Laxman Datt Pant
(Expertise: media ethics, safety of journalists, research, gender & media, media rights, documentation & writing, effective communications, project development)
The Recipient of the “International Communication Excellence Award-2020”, Mr. Pant is internationally acclaimed media researcher, trainer, media rights advocate, & communications strategist. An Associate Writer for the Cyprus based DevelopmentAid, he hosts/produces POWERchat for YOHO TV HD- Nepal’s only TV talk show in English –discussing development since 2016. An author of more than a dozen of books, Pant has contributed with numbers of research articles and book chapters to national and international journals and anthologies on different disciplines of media.
A visiting faculty of journalism in the reputed Universities of Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, Finland, and Malaysia, Pant started his career as a journalist more than two decades ago and worked with numerous media institutions in different capacities ranging from a reporter to an editor. Prior to founding MAN, he served as Head of Communications at UNESCO, Communications Specialist at UNDP/LGCDP, and Human Rights Documentation Officer at INSEC and has formulated dozens of media & communications strategies for national and international organizations. Pant also served as the Member of the Advisory Editorial Board/Author, IGI Global, USA: For books titled “Combating Threats to Media Freedom and Journalist Safety, published in 2020” & ‘Discrimination, Gender Equality and Safety Risks in Journalism’ (2021). A Ph. D. Scholar in Media Ethics and Professionalism at the Infrastructure University, Malaysia, Pant holds extensive knowledge of the local, regional and international media environment.