Ujjwal Acharya is the IFJ South Asia Coordinator. He holds a Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and worked as a journalist from a trainee reporter to the digital editor in mainstream English and Nepali newspapers in Nepal for 14 years. He also chaired the Digital Media Committee as the Federation of Nepal Journalists (FNJ) from 2011 to 2013. Acharya is Nepal’s pioneer blogger, and led the web’s fight for democracy during autocratic regime in 2004. He was the founder chairman of the Center for Media Research - Nepal. He is a media rights activist, journalism lecturer and journalism trainer specializing in online journalism, digital safety, advocacy, campaigning and press freedom.