(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 an internationally acclaimed media researcher, trainer, media rights advocate, & communications strategist. South Asia Journalist for DevelopmentAid, he hosted/produced over 300 episodes of POWERchat (Nepal’s only TV talk show in English) between July, 2016 to April, 2021 at TV Today & YOHO TV, that disseminated insights of development experts, policy makers & officials on various dimensions of development. An author of more than a dozen books, Pant has contributed with numbers of research articles and book chapters to national and international journals & anthologies on different disciplines of media.
A visiting faculty of journalism in the reputed Universities of Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, Finland, & 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 Media Action Nepal, he served as Head of Communications at UNESCO, Communications Specialist at UNDP/LGCDP, & Human Rights Documentation Officer at INSEC, & has formulated numbers of media & communications strategies for national/international organizations.
Co-editor of the UNESCO research publication Supporting Safety of Journalists in Nepal: An Assessment Based on UNESCO‘s Safety Indicators- A Media safety Landscape of Nepal (2016) , co-editor/lead researcher of the UNESCO/PMA study on ‘the impacts of COVID-19 on media freedom, media business viability and journalists’ safety in Southeast (forthcoming, 2021)‘, 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 (2020)” & “Discrimination, Gender Equality and Safety Risks in Journalism (2021)” . A PhD Scholar in Media Ethics & Professionalism at the Infrastructure University, Malaysia, Pant holds extensive knowledge of the local, regional and international media environment.