Participants of an interaction on the role of media pose for a group photo at Hotel Hyatt in Kathmandu on Friday.
KATHMANDU, July 30: Experts have stressed the need for all media houses to work unitedly to fight contemporary challenges facing the world.
Speaking at an interaction entitled 'Addressing the Critical Challenges of our time: The 'Role of Media' organized by Nepal Republic Media (NRM) in association with Segye Times newspaper of South Korea in the capital Friday, experts on media from various countries highlighted the importance of unified efforts by media houses for fighting contemporary challenges.
Jun Yooung Cha, president of Segye Times, speaks at Hyat
Jun Yooung Cha, president of Segye Times Newspaper, said that media houses across the Asia-Pacific region as well as other countries can work jointly to instill and promote universal values among people of different countries, faiths and cultures so that people from all over the world feel connected and that will eventually help ensure harmony and peace in the world.
“There are so many issues that need to be resolved globally and for that, common values must be nurtured among people of all the countries,” he said, adding, he said promoting common values can be instrumental in combating issues like religious radicalization and terrorism, among other common challenges facing the world today.
Likewise, Alok Meheta, chief eEditor of Outlook-Hindi in India, said that media houses in any country as well as a region should jointly work to educate people on various contemporary issues for addressing the critical challenges of the time. “There is serious problem about ethics but without ethics, we cannot survive. So, people involved in every profession should uphold their work ethical norms,” he said.
Similarly, Aljo Bendijo, a broadcast journalist of People's Television Network in the Philippines, stressed the importance of freedom of press for raising the critical challenges of the time.
Parshuram Kharel, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications, said that credibility of mass media plays a crucial role in addressing contemporary challenges. “So, media houses should not compromise on credibility because only credible media can help shape public opinion correctly,” he added.
NRM Director Sambridhi Gyawali said that the interaction was organized in an attempt to find a way out for media to address various local, regional as well as global challenges.
Other speakers at the function also highlighted the importance of joint efforts by media houses.
NRM Director Shova Gyawali said that the function will help develop cooperation among media houses within and outside the country.