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Ujjwal Acharya

Ujjwal Acharya is the Director of the CMR Nepal Journalism Academy; and volunteers as the Project Head of NepalFactCheck.org – an IFCN-certified fact-checking initiative in Nepal.

With more than 20 years of experience in journalism, media development and press freedom activism, Acharya is also the lead consultant on misinformation projects at the Center for Media Research – Nepal (CMR-Nepal), a Kathmandu-based civil society organization founded in 2011 AD. He is the founder chair (2011-2014) and former executive director (2014-2018) of CMR-Nepal. He had led and conducted numerous media and social media research at CMR-Nepal.

As a journalist, Acharya worked in Nepal Samacharpatra daily, The Kathmandu Post daily, Republica daily and Annapurna Post daily in positions ranging from cub reporter to digital editor. He was also senior journalist – social media at BBC News Nepali (2019-2022) and known for his expertise in digital journalism and social media.

From 2011-2014, he was an elected member of the Executive Committee of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), the umbrella union of Nepali journalists, where he also became first chair of the Digital Media Committee. He also worked at the UNESCO Kathmandu Office as Information and Communication consultant and the South Asia Coordinator for International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

Known as a first blogger of Nepal, Acharya co-founded United We Blog in 2004 and founded Radio Free Nepal in 2005 – two blogs that led the fight against the then King Gyanendra Shah’s authoritarian rule during 2005-06.

He holds master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Tribhuvan University.

Download his CV here.