Often, the media is alluded to as the face of a country, the reason being that it plays a world-shaking role in a democratic country, which means how free the media is to represent and perform responsibly for the current and actual position of a country. The chief obligation of the media is to inform, reflect, and deliver the truth without whitewashing any information.

KATHMANDU, Sept 21: The Yunnan Province of China has shown interest in forging a collaboration between Chinese and Nepali media.

KATHMANDU, Aug 22: The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organized a media consultation on Sunday at Vivanta Hotel, Jhamsikhel in Lalitpur aiming to delve into Nepal's recent population trends and the nation's progress in implementing the commitments outlined in the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).

The speakers of the 'Revive and Grow Together' interactive program, hosted by Nepal Republic Media on Wednesday, shared a unanimous perspective on the imperative collaboration between the media and advertising agencies. They underscored the undeniable necessity of such a partnership to foster the expansion of the advertising market, a sentiment echoed by all speakers at the event. Similarly, the speakers voiced a compelling notion regarding Nepal Republic Media's transition into a public company. They expressed the firm conviction that this transformation would ensure the perpetual direct ownership of the media by the people. Summarizing the perspectives shared during the interactive program, the following edited excerpts encapsulate the essence of the speakers' viewpoints:

KATHMANDU, June 16: The media have a key role to play to maintain and promote reconciliation and peace in the society and, for that matter, they must report issues of conflict in a factual and accurate manner, a study report released today stated.

According to a report released by Transparency International Nepal on January 28, 2020, corruption has risen rapidly since the implementation of federalism in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Dec 30: A study has shown that after the country adopted federalism, the provisions in the laws and bills related to the media that were introduced at the federal, provincial and local levels, were made to restrict the press and freedom of expression.

KATHMANDU, Dec 16: Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gyanendra Bahadur Karki has asked the government media not to sing the praises of the government.

State Control over Media in Nepal

November 8, 2022 14:30 pm

The government is always looking for opportunities to control the media. The stakeholders concerned have to organize protests from time to time to stop the government from doing so. Why does such a situation come up time and again?

KATHMANDU, Oct 26: The Election Commission (EC) has determined specific criteria to be followed by the political parties, the election candidates and the sister organizations of political parties for publicizing advertisements in the media in course of canvassing for the upcoming House of Representatives and Province Assembly elections.

KATHMANDU, Oct 18: Secretary at the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Dr Baikuntha Aryal, has instructed the subordinate bodies to gear up for making the elections to the House of Representatives and provincial assemblies successful.

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, Oct 1: The Election Commission (EC) has launched an office to monitor the social networks sites with representatives of the Cyber ​​Bureau of the Nepali Army and Police for the House of Representatives and Provincial Assemblies elections to be held on November 20.

KATHMANDU, April 28: This year's National Journalism Day is going to be celebrated in a grand manner with the slogan 'Professional and Responsible Journalism'.

Media for Deep Democratization

January 15, 2022 06:30 am

Democratization should not be misunderstood as merely creating more structures, populating them and pursuing ritual elections.

KATHMANDU, Jan 7: A study launched today by Media Action Nepal has concluded that Nepali media give less priority to issues of women and people with different sexual orientations. The research report titled 'Gender Sensitivity in Nepali Media' found that newspapers and online media in Nepal have not published gender issues as a matter of public importance.

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.