Jagaran Media Center (JMC) is a non-governmental organization established in 2000 by journalists from the Dalit community in Nepal. The Organization advocates eliminating caste-based discrimination, promoting a more equitable, inclusive and accountable democracy, promoting environmental justice and sustainable disaster risk reduction through media mobilization.
Jagaran Media Center (JMC) is registered at the District Administration Office (DAO), Kathmandu on 8/12/2057 ( 21st March 2001). The Registration Number is 813/057/058 (DAO-Kathmandu) and is affiliated with theSocial Welfare Council (Affiliation Number 13180). It is also registered with the Inland Revenue Department with PAN number 302016077.
The Center has 25 General Members who constitute the General Assembly. 11 members of this general assembly constitute an Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is elected by the General Assembly for a term of 5 years. The Executive Committee has 6 office bearers (President, Vice-President, General Secretary, Secretary, and Treasurer) and 5 executive members. 40% of the General Assembly and the Executive Committee members are female.
The Executive Committee is the legally constituted body responsible for providing strategic and policy direction to JMC. JMC has grown over the years and is now considered to be one of the leading right based media organizations in Nepal. The center has promoted Dalit empowerment by training Dalits to create their own media. It also produces and broadcasts Katwal Radio Magazine (KRM) and also operates FM radio station Radio Jagaran 93.6 Mhz in Rupandehi district of Nepal. JMC conducts discussion and interaction programs, runs the Dalit Research and Resource Center, features services for gleaning information, produced the acclaimed television serial “Dalan”, publishes and distributes books and journals and monitors cases of human rights violations against Dalit community.
The organization has been implementing the projects all over the country with One western office at Butwal, 75 district representatives and the collaboration with various community-based FM Radio stations. The JMC national network has 646 KRM listeners clubs, 500 Dalan viewers Clubs, 20 Information center loacated in Rupandehi, Nawalparasi and Kapilbastu districts and district reporters in each district of the country that have been working to meet the JMC mission, vision and goal collectively.
DALAN (TV PROGRAM)
Dalan Tele – Serial: An acclaimed tele-serial Dalan came at a time when Nepal was going through transformations after a decade long insurgency, which led to the people’s movement – II and paved way for every citizen to stand up for their rights. Based on the lives and traditions of the so-called untouchable communities in Nepal, Dalan discloses facts on how the unjust land policies have suppressed them for years. The script of the story revolves around the social and political history of the country from 1991-2007, their accent, lifestyle, dress codes and ethics have been taken into account through immense research and analysis of historical data.52 episodes of this Tele serial were already been broadcasted through the central broadcasting service of Nepal Television (NTV).
KATWAL RADIO MAGAZINE
Katwal Radio Magazine is one of the units of the Jagaran Media Center. It has been continuously operating since 2003. The objective of KRM is to establish social equity and justice through discussions, dramas, field reporting and interviews. 415 episodes of KRM have been broadcasted and 646 listener clubs are formed under Katwal Radio Magazine.
Radio Magazine MUKTI:
MUKTI is a weekly based radio magazine that JMC produced in coordination with Nepal Mukta Haliya Mahasang Samaj under the funding of European Union. This radio magazine at its core level highlights the issues of Haliya community (bonded labour) their situation after being liberated and advocates with policy makers and law enforcement agencies simultaneously. The programme is broadcasted through Sukla Fata FM Kanchanpur at 7:15 PM on every Friday.
RADIO MAGAZINE VOLIKA LAGI AJAI
To ensure the environmental justice of Dalit and other vulnerable communities, JMC utilizing its internal resources started to produce radio program entitled “VOLIKA LAGI AJAI” and broadcasted through the eight FM stations of Nepalbani Network. This program basically aware the people, who are at high risk of disaster, inform them to erasure the preventive method and sensitize them how to mitigate the impact of disaster, climate change and so on. At the same time, this program advocates with law enforcement agencies and policy maker on the environmental right and justice of the Dalit and other vulnerable communities of Nepal.
Radio is one of the most effective ways of disseminating our message to the public. In January 2007, JMC obtained a government license to operate a radio station. Radio Jagaran – which broadcasts from Rupandehi, a city in the western region of Nepal, operates at 93.6 MHz with a capacity of 500 watts. It can be heard in the districts of Rupandehi, Kapilvastu, Nawalparasi, Palpa, Arghakhanchi, Pyuthan, Dang, Tanahu, Chitwan and Gulmi. Radio Jagaran hosts a variety of programs in order to establish social justice, address Dalit-based issues and to lobby for securing constitutional rights for Dalits, other minorities, women, physically challenged, ethnic castes, indigenous people, Muslims and Madhesis. It broadcasts programs 18 hours per day.
SAJHA PAHAL Radio Programme: This is a radio program for social justice and equity, Violence against Women, against caste based discrimination and Untouchability produced by JMC in coordination with Nepal National Dalit Society Welfare Organization (NNDSWO) and Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) under the financial assistant of European Union. Of the total 80 episodes, JMC produced 40 episodes on fortnighly basis and the rest 40 episodes are produced by broadcasting FM radio stations themselves on coordination with JMC Centre and district project coordination committee. Basically this is a part of the Project entitled “Collective Action for Combating Caste based Discrimination in Nepal – SAJHA PAHAL” funded by European Union in consortium mode to the three organizations.