Debunking the false Nepal narrative

March 24, 2021 20:50 pm

Dissolution of Parliament in December, 2020 was the consequence of a series of ill-conceived ploys by three restless former prime ministers to sabotage, oust, and bring the curtain down on the political career of the incumbent.

As of December 2019, total worldwide population is 7.8 billion.

JAJARKOT, Feb 13: Minister for Forest and Environment, Shakti Bahadur Basnet, has said the media sector should give constructive inputs to aware the state. Minister Basnet said, "The media sector should also fulfill role of social responsibility."

Media for change

January 30, 2020 08:06 am

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.

Experimenting with illustrations

November 8, 2019 10:42 am

Today, there are a lot of graphics illustrators working here in Nepal and elsewhere in the world as well. Thanks to new media, graphic illustrations have become a big part of the contemporary art culture. However, now that every other artist seems to be making graphics their medium of self-expression, it gets difficult to stay original and unique. According to Dhiraj Manandhar, a graphic illustrator and artist in the making, to create uniquely different work one has to be ready to put in the extra effort and enjoy the process as well.

Why media must be free

November 5, 2019 01:30 am

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.

Media for democracy

August 7, 2019 01:00 am

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

JANAKPUR, Aug 3: Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Baskota has opined that the media should prioritize the issue of progress, good governance and development.

KATHMANDU, August 1: Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JBR has urged the media persons not to carry news on the cases that are sub-judice in the court, arguing that it could affect the judiciary's performance for justice delivery.

Bill of flaws

July 29, 2019 00:30 am

For sure, Nepal needs some level of media regulation to check or at least control bad media practices and lack of discipline but proposed bill does not help

WASHINGTON, July 23: When Bernie Sanders wanted to preview a speech about his signature health care plan, “Medicare for All,” he did not opt for a traditional interview.

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KATHMANDU, July 15: Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Baskota has said that the government would not accept foreign investment in media.

SYDNEY, June 26: Australia’s national broadcaster and two biggest newspaper publishers called on the government on Wednesday to protect press freedom, declaring media laws outdated, inconsistent and used by the powerful to keep embarrassing information secret.

To do or not to do

June 17, 2019 01:00 am

It is necessary for media outlets to enforce strong fact-checking mechanism by involving all the relevant stakeholders of the newsroom

Media for development

June 12, 2019 00:30 am

News, features, commentaries, analyses, pictures, cartoon, interviews and round table discussions should be focused on development needs of Nepal

SYDNEY, June 6: Australian journalists could face jail for holding classified information, authorities and lawmakers said on Thursday, as police appeared to broaden the scope of their investigation after raids on two media organizations.

DHARAN, June 1: The governing Nepal Communist Party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has complained that the 'secret agreement' among the top leaders in course of party unification was misinterpreted by media.

KATHMANDU, May 23: Notwithstanding the criticisms from various quarters and objection from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), US Embassy in Kathmandu has indicated that it will go ahead with its plan to hold public interaction on social media.

LUMBINI, May 23: An inter-province meeting of the Journalists Society for Parliamentary Affairs (JSPA) has demanded wider consultations with stakeholders while introducing media related laws.

Media capture in Europe

May 16, 2019 00:30 am

Dire state of media freedom in Hungary is just the beginning. Similar media-capture models and practices are now proliferating across Central and Eastern Europe

KATHMANDU, May 13: As the government drafts bills, one after another, curtailing press freedom, experts have advised the media watchdog organizations to challenge the bills in court.

KATHMANDU, May 12: The  International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the global media watchdog, and the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) have objected to proposed changes in the media law and asked the government to revise the bill it has registered in parliament.

Press and freedom

May 10, 2019 09:34 am

As we celebrated World Press Freedom Day on May 3, Nepal’s position in the World Press Freedom Index – an assessment of the entire eco-system in which journalists operate – remained unchanged at 106 out of a total of 180 countries.

KATHMANDU, May 10: The government has pushed new legislation with harsher provisions to further tighten control on media, including a provision of up to Rs 1 million penalty for publishing content in violation of the media code of ethics.

Bad news for women

April 1, 2019 00:30 am

The media have a responsibility to reflect society not only as it is, but also as it should be. This means more reporting about women

KATHMANDU, March 31: Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Gokul Banskota, has said that control of media sector could not been imagined, but legal arrangement could be made for its regulation.

WASHINGTON, March 27: President Donald Trump branded the mainstream media the "enemy" and the "opposition party" on Tuesday after the Mueller report cleared him of collusion, accusing journalists of covering the Russia probe unfairly.

What’s your digital footprint?

March 16, 2019 02:00 am

We are broadcasting our personal message to the real world and collecting likes, loves, emojis and wishes, instead of doing something meaningful

KATHMANDU, March 15: Director of Nepal Republic Media Pvt. Ltd, Shova Gyawali highlighted how Nepal’s vibrant media was playing an instrumental role to expose corruption and wrong practices in the country and safeguard democracy.

POKHARA, Feb 8: Chief Minister of Gandaki Province, Prithvi Subba Gurung, has said the media could play important role to make the central and provincial governments more effective. The media's role is equally significant to educate the people, he added.

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February 8, 2019 18:00 pm

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The International Federation of Journalists has published its 29th report on journalists and media staff killed during their duties in 2018.

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: A draft bill on Management of Advertisement Regulation should be revised to remove provisions that threaten freedom of expression, stakeholders have said and raised concern over the proposed legislation that many believe is aimed against media critical of the government.

KATHMANDU, Jan 19: Concerned over non-transparency in the process of media law formulation, stakeholders have urged the government to hold discussions with them before endorsing such media law. They suspect the move could curtail journalists' access to government information.

BHARATPUR, Jan 12: Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ishwor Pokhrel has urged the media not to disseminate the disappointing news.

Future will be heard

January 7, 2019 01:30 am

What explains the success of audio-journalism in the era of streaming videos that were once feared to capture our attention and decimate every competitor including print media?

ISLAMABAD, Dec 26: Pakistani journalists, who have taken on military dictators and been beaten and jailed in the pursuit of a free press, say they now face a form of censorship that is more subtle but no less chilling, one spearheaded by the security services.

Hail Comrade Chairman!

December 10, 2018 01:30 am

With the mass intelligentsia ready to pounce upon his critics, Oli is confident that he can cut the media and intelligentsia down to size

Media is most commonly known as the fourth estate or the fourth pillar of democracy. Democracy is derived from Greek words, Demos and Kratos, meaning People Rule.

Fury against media

November 27, 2018 01:30 am

Instead of reviewing its own faulty policies and mending their ways, the government ministers are becoming more and more intolerant to media and public criticism

WASHINGTON, Oct 25: U.S. President Donald Trump blamed news media outlets on Thursday for stirring up anger and hateful political rhetoric as two more suspicious packages were discovered, addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden and actor Robert De Niro.

KATHMANDU, Oct 14: Previously, only men were perceived as breadwinners while women were confined within four walls. However, the time has changed. Women are independent and have the privilege to choose their career. In media and cinematography, which the male population had dominated for ages, women now have started to outperform their male counterparts.

KATHMANDU, Oct 10: Chief Justice Om Prakash Mishra has said that media comments on sub judice matters is hindering the work of the judiciary and has called for a halt to such comments.

Sidhu's Huge Hug

August 23, 2018 09:55 am

Often, it is said that a hug is a perfect gift – one size fits all and nobody minds if you exchange it. But, in Navjot Singh Sidhu’s case – the legendary Indian cricketer and a minister in the state of Punjab – the saying severely differed. By nature, Sidhu is frank. His jolly gestures have lit up several TV stations time, and time again. It was okay for some when he showed his affection toward his fellow hosts, but his hug, with the Pakistani Army Chief – General Qamar Javed Bajwa  – during the oath ceremony of the newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, stirred a huge controversy across India.

BEIJING/SINGAPORE, Aug 5: China’s state media said on Saturday the government’s retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods showed rational restraint and they accused the United States of blackmail.

LONDON, July 26: Three rival UK-based Jewish newspapers, the Jewish Chronicle, Jewish News and Jewish Telegraph carried similar front pages for their Thursday edition, in what they called an "unprecedented step of speaking."

KATHMANDU, July 22: Expressing solidarity to the ongoing fast-unto-death protest of Dr Govinda KC, over a dozen editors of mainstream media in the country have appealed the government to address his demands without any further delay.

Internet accessibility has helped make blood availability, in times of crisis, more convenient. A short notice detailing the blood type, and the number of the recipient’s immediate relative ensures blood is supplied to patients on time.

BANGKOK, July 18: Twelve boys and their football coach who were rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand have left hospital in preparation for returning home.