World Press Freedom Day 2017
Laxman Datt Pant
Chairperson, Media Action Nepal
Laxman Datt Pant, a well-known media researcher, journalist, Freedom of Expression advocate, media trainer and university teacher holds extensive knowledge in the areas of media rights, freedom of expression and media development. He started his career as a radio journalist two decades ago and worked with numerous media institutions in different capacities ranging from a reporter to an editor. He worked as programme specialist at UNESCO for the implementation of range of activities on media development including the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. He has written half a dozen of books and contributed with numbers of research articles to journals on different disciplines media. A visiting professor of journalism and media studies at Kathmandu University in Nepal and Dhaka University in Bangladesh, Pant has contributed to the formulation of media and communication policies/strategies and the promotion of freedom of expression at national and international levels. Currently, the Chairperson of Media Action Nepal (MAN) and Senior Special Correspondent at TV Today, Pant is one of the editors/authors of the study “Supporting Safety of Journalists in Nepal: An Assessment based on UNESCO’s Journalists’ Safety Indicators” - published in 2016 by UNESCO, Paris.