The Champions of Khabar Lahariya

BY EDWIN KOO
May 10, 2010
*Special to asia!

Meet two young journalists of the award-winning newspaper and find out how they beat all odds, in order to pursue their dreams.

“I never thought I would become a journalist,” Nazmeen confessed. Her only notion of journalism was shaped by TV news.

After becoming a journalist, my fears have started vanishing. We venture out, meet people, understand their problems and this inspires me to change the mindset of people living in this area.

Every time she watched a TV journalist reporting “live” from a dangerous area, she would feel a deep desire to become a journalist herself, despite knowing the dangers of the job.

“After becoming a journalist, my fears have started vanishing. We venture out, meet people, understand their problems and this inspires me to change the mindset of people living in this area,” she said.

Today, Nazmeen is an intrepid cub journalist with a sharp nose for news and a rigour to seek the truth.

She remembers her first Page One story just two months ago, about a rations shop owner in the village of Sautasyoda. Some villagers had accused the owner of misappropriating their rightful share of rations. They even physically abused him. The case came to a point when the district supply officer had suspended his licence for distribution.

After getting a tip-off, Nazmeen went to the village and interviewed about 50 people, most of who spoke up for the shop owner. She published her story, and soon after, the shop owner’s licence was restored.

“I feel proud of myself, because my stories had an impact,” she said.

 

 

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edwin kooEdwin Koo is a Singaporean photojournalist , who has been based in Nepal since September 2008. It is a labour of love to record down his experiences and fleeting thoughts , as he goes about photographing and documenting the fledgling Himalayan republic. You can also see pictures of everyday Nepal at his photoblog by the same name.