Meet the Nepali Journalists Covering the World from Australia – ABC News | Team Cansler

Saral Gurung’s private news organization, Nepal Tube Australia, averages eight million views per week worldwide.

Since launching the Nepali-language news site in 2017, it has become his only occupation, a far cry from his job as a cleaner in Sydney.

In connection with his work as a journalist, Mr. Gurung supports the Nepalese community living in Australia through his media venture.

“I got a call from a woman who moved to Sydney last month and was scammed,” Mr Gurung said.

“She was desperate for help, I connected her to an organization and she is already getting help.

“We’re not just becoming media or journalists, we’re becoming community activists.”

Mr Gurung is one of 15 Nepalese journalists reporting from Australia who met in Hobart this month to attend a convention of the Australian Nepalese Journalist Association, a group dedicated to giving the burgeoning community a voice in the media .

A man is holding a microphone on a busy street, in the background two cows are sitting on a street.
Saral Gurung worked as a journalist in Nepal before moving to Australia.(Delivered: Saral Gurung)

The Rise of Nepalese Journalism in Australia

Nepali is one of Tasmania’s fastest growing languages. The 2021 census data shows that the population of Nepalese-born people in the state has increased by more than 600 percent since 2016.

Association President Chiranjabi Raj Devkota said the rise of the Nepalese in Tasmania made the capital the ideal place for the group’s second meeting.

Another reason was to raise awareness of the club.

“In Tasmania we only had two members,” Mr Devkota said.

“Now we have three members from Tasmania and other people are interested.”

A man stands smiling against a white tent with national flags and a row of plastic chairs in the background
Chiranjebi Raj Devkota is President of the Australian Nepalese Journalist Association.(Delivered: Chiranjebi Raj Devkota)

Mr. Devkota emigrated to Australia in 2015. In Nepal, Mr. Devkota worked in print journalism before pursuing a full-time career in television.

“I was a news anchor and reporter there. After three years I went to New Delhi to work for Nepal 1 TV,” he said.

After two and a half years of international work, he returned to Nepal where he founded the country’s first news channel, Sagamartha TV.

Media activism at work

Establishing an association in Australia goes beyond the focus on ensuring standards of practice within Australian guidelines, for Mr Devkota it is an opportunity for “media activism”.

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