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Mohan Nepali

The author is a freelance media researcher, with specialization in Mass Communication and Journalism

Journalism as Public Good

Published On: April 6, 2023 08:30 AM NPT By: Mohan Nepali

In a world where misinformation and fake news can spread quickly, it's obligatory for journalism — also identified as the Fourth Estate — to maintain a level of truth and accuracy, making sure that people have access to well-verified and reliable information. This is an important aspect of democracy, as it allows citizens to make informed decisions and form opinions, essential for a healthy democracy.

Media for Deep Democratization

Published On: January 15, 2022 06:30 AM NPT By: Mohan Nepali

Democratization should not be misunderstood as merely creating more structures, populating them and pursuing ritual elections.

Why the state must address the demands of Dr KC

Published On: October 4, 2020 01:40 PM NPT By: Mohan Nepali

Even the most shameless criminals cannot publicly say that Dr KC’s demands are ill-intentioned, irrational and impossible to address.

Empowerment vs Commodification

Published On: March 8, 2020 09:15 AM NPT By: Mohan Nepali

Corporate pressures have nurtured an environment in which the objectification of women as market commodities to cater to lustful desires of men has harmed women’s dignity beyond imagination. Visible media portrayals of women across the globe supply numerous examples of how women are being commodified as mere industrial objects. No matter how overwhelmingly images of beauty myths are used worldwide as tools to commodify women, their ground realities are extremely different. Nepal can be no exception to this reality. Far removed from this truth are lustful and money-mongering lunatics who fail to recognize the dignity of women.

Media Council as conscience builder

Published On: February 20, 2020 09:47 AM NPT By: Mohan Nepali

All communication scholars across the globe unanimously agree that human beings cannot NOT communicate. Even silence is strong communication among them. Biologically, communication mechanism lies within us. Mentally, intra-psychological communication incessantly occurs within us. Socially, communication is an essential process of co-existential relations and mutual transactions.

Media for change

Published On: January 30, 2020 08:06 AM NPT By: Mohan Nepali

Marshall McLuhan, the mid-20th century media visionary, whose statement “medium is the message” has been frequently quoted in the realm of media studies, predicted that people would be allured to using media as the major content than the content itself. In his book The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man, McLuhan writes: “In fact, all man-made material things can be treated as extensions of what man once did with his body or some specialized part of his body.” His expression implies that human beings tend to envision and produce new technologies relevant and necessary for their times.

Public value of journalism

Published On: November 21, 2019 08:46 AM NPT By: Mohan Nepali

Nepali journalists have a greater moral liability to act more sensitively to justly represent the population. Journalism is a public responsibility in a fundamental sense

Why media must be free

Published On: November 5, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Mohan Nepali

Media deserve talk. In modern democratic dialogue, it has been customary to frequently debate over media quality, performance and related issues. Media freedom, media diversity and media equality are closely related terms in vogue. These three elements, when enhanced, add to the strength and quality of one another; they become the cornerstones not only of advanced media performance but also of a full-fledged democracy. As integral elements, they identify a democratic society in its true form. However, misunderstanding these elements will result in their misuse, with dire consequences beyond measurement.

Toward quality journalism

Published On: August 26, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Mohan Nepali

Buddha’s teachings carry much relevance in journalism as well. Journalists should explore these values to promote quality and deepen their journalistic insight

Media for democracy

Published On: August 7, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Mohan Nepali

In a modern democracy, citizens feel empowered when they have adequate access to truthful information without which they cannot take wise decisions

Free the press

Published On: May 23, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Mohan Nepali

Should the draft bill with provisions of harsh penalties and prison terms be passed, it will discourage professional journalism, while promoting servile psychology and self-censorship