KATHMANDU, May 25: At a time when journalists and media stakeholders are protesting various provisions in the Media Council Bill now registered in parliament , the press freedom advocacy organization Freedom Forum has suggested amendments to 20 provisions in 15 sections of the bill.

KATHMANDU, May 15: Civil society activists have urged the government to immediately take away the three bills registered in the Federal Parliament.

BIDUR, May 12: Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Banskota has assured that the Media Council Bill was being brought for the greater good of journalists. At a press conference organized by Press Chautari Nepal and Press Centre Nepal here today, Minister Banskota shared that new rules would be introduced to ensure journalists’ rights and welfare.

KATHMANDU, May 12: As part of its ongoing five-day agitation, Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), the umbrella organization of the journalists, is holding interaction with legal experts, editors, media experts and former presidents of the FNJ over the proposed changes in the media law today afternoon.

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

YANGON, May 7: Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from a prison on the outskirts of Yangon on Tuesday after spending more than 500 days behind bars.

DUBAI, May 1: Amnesty International called on Yemen’s Houthi movement, which controls the capital Sanaa, to free 10 journalists held for nearly four years on what the rights group described as trumped-up spying charges.

Democracy’s discontents

March 31, 2019 02:05 am

Dichotomy dictates Nepal’s democracy. The mainstream news media is dominated by journalists, who hold an unwavering faith in democracy. However, a large majority of opinionators, freelancers, and wordsmiths hail from political ideologies that are hostile to democracy. The national narratives and political discourses seem to be titling toward favoring authoritarianism. Hence, the unwarranted desire for a ‘soft tyrant’ gets currency among the general public.

It was 1982, the height of the civil war in El Salvador. Four Dutch TV journalists had linked up with leftist rebels near the town of El Paraiso, which has an army base on its outskirts.

MANILA, Feb 15: The head of a Philippine news website that has locked horns with President Rodrigo Duterte was freed on bail on Thursday, a day after her widely condemned arrest on libel charges that critics say is a government effort to bully journalists.

BHAKTAPUR, Jan 19 : Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Banskota has reiterated his commitment to enforce minimum wages for working journalists by all means.

According to The Committee to Protect Journalists, 53 journalists lost their lives on the job so far this in 2018. The advocacy group claims that 34 of them were singled out for murder.

KATHMANDU, Nov 30: Government spokesperson Gokul Baskota has warned media owners and journalists to think about their investment and their jobs while writing news stories that are unfavorable to the government. He said media should not forget that the government is the main source of news as well as advertising revenue.

KATHMANDU, Nov 14: The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has urged all working and independent journalists to be enrolled in third-phase of accident insurance programme launched for them.

YANGON, Nov 5: Lawyers for two Reuters journalists sentenced in Myanmar to seven years in prison for possession of official documents are appealing the verdict, the news agency said Monday.

KATHMANDU, Nov 3: Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Anup Raj Sharma, has said that journalists should be allowed to write about even the personal issues of the public office bearers.

KATHMANDU, Oct 26: Journalists and other staffers of Nepal Republic Media (NRM) paid tributes to Hemraj Gyawali, a pioneer in professionalizing the Nepali media, on the 13th day of his demise Thursday.

AFGHANISTAN, Sept 21: Moments after Afghan journalist Samim Faramarz wrapped up his live report on the latest suicide attack in Kabul, a car bomb exploded just metres away, killing him and his cameraman Ramiz Ahmadi.

YANGON, Sept 17: At least 100 Myanmar youth activists and journalists called for the release of two jailed Reuters journalists on Sunday, warning that the seven-year prison terms handed to the pair this month threaten the public’s right to information.

KATHMANDU, Sept 13: The media fraternity across the country is seriously concerned over the worsening situation of press freedom as the authorities have started arresting journalists for publishing news that sought to expose corruption and malpractices.

Democracy dies when press is not free

September 13, 2018 00:25 am

The world, it seems, is becoming hostile toward journalists and the free press. In the United States, President Donald Trump persecutes media by dismissing them as “fake news” outlets. In Bangladesh, journalists are often attacked and even murdered by extremist groups for reporting the truth, while the government has failed to provide them security.

POKHARA, July 28: Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Gokul Prasad Baskota, has said the government was working to formulate laws required for the development of journalism.

KATHMANDU, June 8: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) and the Nepal Press Union (NPU) in condemning the threats to and harassment of journalists of an online news portal by student leaders in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, June 2: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has honoured the members of the First Women Journalists Everest Expedition -2018.

Could AI replace journalists?

May 27, 2018 11:30 am

Anyone with a phone can break news, and AI can help corporate newsrooms beat bloggers and hungry independents who can post items for free on YouTube and Facebook.

KATHMANDU, May 23: A Women Journalists Everest Expedition-2018 (FWJEE18) team has successfully reached the summit of Mt Everest today at 6 am on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, May 12: Journalists from Nepal’s private media industry were barred to cover civic felicitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at City Hall.

KATHMANDU, May 7: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has honoured five journalists with award and prizes at a function held to mark the 'National Journalism Day, 2075' today.

KATHMANDU, May 6: The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has announced the 'National Journalism Award' and the 'senior journalist award' 2075 to be presented on the occasion of the National Journalism Day.

KATHMANDU, May 2: Federation of Nepali Journalist (FNJ) and Photojournalist club Nepal on Wednesday lit candles in Maitighar Mandala to pay tribute to the journalists who lost their lives in the suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan.

PALPA, May 2:: Chairperson of Minimum Wages Fixation Committee, Ganga Parajuli has said that the written complaints regarding to not getting minimum wages by the working journalists were not registered to them in a large scale. He added that though such complaints are plenty in the media, written complaints are less in number.

CHITWAN, Mar 30: The Bharatpur Metropolitan City today apologized for mistreating media persons during an event organized by it four days ago and pledged not to repeat such mistake ahead.

DOLPA, Mar 4: Angry over the shifting of Dolpa's Thulobheri Municipality's center from Dunai to Juphal, agitating locals have intensified protests which are increasingly turning violent.

NUWAKOT, Feb 28: The Minimum Wage Fixing Committee has been making preparation to increase the minimum wage of working journalists.

SOFAJ Nepal honors journalists

February 25, 2018 12:55 pm

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: The Society of Fine Art Journalists (SOFAJ) Nepal honored three journalists and a senior artist/writer amid an event organized at Nepal Art Council, Babermahal on Friday.

Photo journalists demand for security

February 2, 2018 19:02 pm

KATHMANDU, Feb 2: Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun praised the role of photo journalists saying that they had played leading roles in each political movement in the country.

KATHMANDU, Jan 19: Photo journalists from private media outlets were barred to enter the Office of the President, Sheetal Niwas and capture the swearing in ceremony of provincial chiefs. President Bidya Devi Bhandari had administered oath of office and secrecy to seven newly-appointed province governors earlier today.

KATHMANDU, Jan 6 : Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has extended best wishes to the First Women Journalists Everest Expedition -2018 (FWJEE18) team members and pledged the team an utmost support from the government.

KATHMANDU, Jan 5: Federal Parliament Secretariat has arranged seats for lawmakers, audience and journalists to sit on during the meetings of the House of Representatives and National Assembly.

Danger zones for journalists

January 4, 2018 01:30 am

No country in South Asia enjoyed complete press freedom in 2017. Afghanistan was affected by conflict, Nepal and Sri Lanka by post-conflict situation.

PARIS, Dec 22:  Russian television anchor Pavel Lobkov was in the studio getting ready for his show when jarring news flashed across his phone: Some of his most intimate messages had just been published to the web.

PARIS, Dec 22: The list of journalists provides new evidence for the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Fancy Bear acted on behalf of the Russian government when it intervened in the U.S. presidential election. Spy agencies say the hackers were working to help Republican Donald Trump. The Russian government has denied interfering in the American election.

PARIS, Dec 19:  A total of 65 journalists and media workers were killed in 2017, the lowest toll in 14 years, according to figuresreleased on Tuesday by Reporters Without Borders.

KATHMANDU, Dec 3: The First Women Journalists Everest Expedition-2018 (FWJEE18) is currently in Dolakha in connection with an intensive training in preparation for their Everest expedition in coming spring season.

BIRATNAGAR, Nov 6 : Stakeholders have stressed the need for the government to become serious to stop ongoing incidents of violence and murder against journalists.  While acknowledging the important role of the free press in taking democracy at the doors of the people, they viewed that impartial, balanced, and objective news can be disseminated only when the government becomes serious in ending violence against journalists. They were speaking at a programme organised with the theme of 'end impunity relating to violence against journalists' on Sunday in Biratnagar by Freedom Forum and the Federation of Nepali Journalists, Morang.

BENGALURU, September 6:  Indian journalists and rights activists protested on Wednesday against the murder of an outspoken publisher of a weekly tabloid amid growing concerns about freedom of the press at a time of rising nationalism and intolerance of dissent.

KATHMANDU, August 27: Minister for Information and Communications Mohan Bahadur Basnet has said that the media houses would be prodded to provide minimum wages to the working journalists.

KATHMANDU, August 17: Nepal Oil Corporation, the state-owned oil monopoly, has tightened up on the journalists’ entry in to the premises of the corporation.

KATHMANDU, Aug 10: Nepal Telecom has decided to award two journalists from Republica Daily for their contribution on reporting on telecom.

KATHMANDU, August 1: Minister for Information and Communications Mohan Bahadur Basnet has pledged to hold discussions with media houses to ensure the professional rights of working journalists.