Ensuring Quality Journalism

March 25, 2023 07:30 am

In recent years, the rise of online media has brought about a new era in the field of journalism. With the proliferation of online portals, the way we consume news and information has drastically changed. However, as Press Council Nepal Chairman Balkrishna Basnet has pointed out, the growth in the number of online media outlets has not always been accompanied by a corresponding increase in quality or credibility. This presents a significant challenge for the media industry in Nepal, as trust is the foundation upon which journalism rests. It is a matter of serious concern as the media in general in Nepal has already come under serious public scrutiny over professionalism and ethical standards.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: Chairman of Press Council Nepal (PCN) Bal Krishna Basnet has said that the media should be able to raise the voice of victims as the failure to do so causes more pain to them.

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: Press Council Nepal (PCN) has taken action against 45 media outlets for violating the code of conduct in the last six months. One of them has been blacklisted.

KATHMANDU, Nov 3: The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has decided to disobey the 24-hour explanation asked by Press Council Nepal to the Editor-in-Chief of Nagarik daily, Guna Raj Luitel, regarding the viral cartoon ‘Call KP Ba’.

KATHMANDU, Nov 1: Freedom Forum has drawn serious attention to the extreme misuse of the Press Council Nepal against press freedom and journalists’ rights in Nepal. The Press Council Nepal, an agency that monitors media content, has once again sought a national daily a 24-hour explanation as to why it published a cartoon about former Prime Minister and CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli.

KATHMANDU, Oct 15: The Election Commission (EC) has decided to write to the Press Council Nepal to conduct regular media monitoring as per Journalist Code of Conduct, 2073 BS; and Election Code of Conduct, 2079 BS during the election of House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly.

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: The Press Council Nepal has urged the entire media world to produce and disseminate news only after adequate testing of facts and credibility.

KATHMANDU, Sept 25: Although the number of newspapers registered across the country has reached 7,874, no newspaper has been registered in Mugu and Manang districts, according to the 46th annual report published on the occasion of the 52nd anniversary of the Press Council of Nepal.

KATHMANDU, July 16: The Press Council Nepal has given 24 hours to furnish a clarification from Ajaya Babu Shiwakoti for publishing a news report against Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in Hamrakura.com.

KATHMANDU, June 8: A recent survey has found that only one in a hundred Nepalis trusts the social media platforms.

KATHMANDU, April 3: While taking strong exception to the move of deleting a news report published on a news website with the direct involvement of the prime minister's aides, a group of 21 editors of major print and online media has demanded a probe into the incident and action against the guilty.

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."

KATHMANDU, Aug 31: Press Council Nepal has drafted a Journalists Code of Conduct that allows surveillance by the media watchdog body over the personal social media accounts of journalists.

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: As many as 393 incidents of violation of journalist code of conduct were occurred in a year, reveals the Press Council Nepal.

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KATHMANDU, Oct 24: The Press Council Nepal (PCN), the media ombudsman body, has received 51 complaints related to the violation of journalist code of conduct in the last three months.