Government media not inclusive

Published On: December 19, 2017 07:55 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Dec 19: The government-owned media have only 11 per cent participation of the indigenous nationalities at the policy making level. 

According to a study by the Inclusive Media Campaign, the percentage of policy level participation for the Brahmin/Chettri is 68 per cent, women 11 per cent, and five per cent each of Madhesi and Dalit community. The study focused on the staff of Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Gorkhapatra Corporation, Radio Nepal and Nepal Television. 

Speaking at an interaction on the report organised by Jagaran Media Centre here Tuesday, media experts called for implementation of the national media policy to address the weak aspect of inclusion in the media sector. 

Vice-president of Federation of Nepali Journalists Bipul Pokharel suggested media regulations that address the Dalit, Janajati, women and the backward sections of the society. 

President of Federation of Nepalese Indigenous Nationalists Journalists Danda Gurung demanded that all government media bodies should be formed on the basis of principle of inclusion. 

Chair of Jagaran Media Centre Rem Biswakarma said legislations should be introduced reflecting the social diversity in the current age of inclusive democracy. 

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