Media Freedom Deteriorating

The report encloses freedom of press and expression updates from January to December 2018 which highlighted a total of 98 press freedom violations during this passing year 2018, a sharp rise compared to the previous year, 2017. Only 66 incidents were recorded in 2016.

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Journalism in peril

Jan 1, 2019- As news headlines across the world have shown, 2018 delivered major blows to truth and justice. But this was especially true for the people who write the headlines. From Saudi Arabia to Sarlahi, journalists experienced a year of peril, violence, and abuse. According to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), 94 journalists and media workers died in targeted killings, bomb attacks and crossfire incidents this year—a significant increase from 2017. Article 19,…

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Gender & news media: Where are the women?

News media has power to take stories related to women and gender equality out of the private realm. But, when there are few female news sources, it forces audience to believe that women are unimportant or invisible Illustration: Ratna Sagar Shrestha/THT When I started my PhD dissertation four years ago, one of my objectives was to show the changing face of Nepali women. Nepal is considered to be highly dominated by patriarchy. However, there have…

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Sifting Good From Bad

The Internet is a vast trove of information on any topic under the sun. Moreover, it is accessible to anybody connected to the worldwide web. This is a miracle made normal by the advancement of information technology. For anybody with a gadget and Internet account, the empire of information is just a click away. It is this unrestricted reach to all kinds of information and ever advancing modes of related technologies that have shaped the…

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In Black & White Fact Today, Fiction Tomorrow

In the November 2016 presidential polls, American elites’ disconnect with voters was a big “surprise” and “shock”. Open biases persistently afflicted scribes recognised as experts in various fields. Critical faculties were closed, courage suppressed and untruth brought in. Many educated people lapped it up as the ultimate truth without bothering to put it to the acid test of intense cross-verification.Most news media in the United States highlighted Donald Trump’s shortcomings—real and imagined. Virtually all the…

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‘Monopoly of capitalist big media houses’ must end, says Dahal

KATHMANDU, Dec 13: Chairman of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Tuesday claimed that the big media houses of the country have been captured by brokers and capitalists. “The tradition of brokers and big capitalists capturing the media houses, which is now prevalent, is a monopolistic approach,” said Dahal while addressing a function organized here by a media outlet close to the ruling party.  Stating that the trend of big capitalists capturing…

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Private media may meet fate of News of the World: Baskota

Dec 7: For the second week in a row, Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Baskota, one of the most trusted lieutenants of Prime Minister KP Oli, has lambasted private media houses, accusing them of publishing baseless news reports against the government. Referring to the case of the British newspaper News of the World, the minister warned media persons that they would face government and parliamentary scrutiny if they failed to produce evidence for the…

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Check facts before blaming and framing govt, Minister Banskota tells journalists

Kathmandu, Dec. 7: Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Banskota on Thursday told journalists to be accountable and write only verified news by checking the facts before blaming and framing the government. Speaking at a press conference organised in the Ministry this afternoon to make the decisions of the cabinet meeting public, Minister Banskota said the government had not tried to hide any information; instead some media outlets were disseminating distorted news. Referring to the…

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‘Fake news a big challenge for media’

KATHMANDU, Dec3: Media entrepreneurs as well as media persons have said that fake news has been a major challenge seen in the media sector in recent years. Speaking at a session on the second day of the Asia Pacific Summit 2018 organized by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) in the capital on Sunday, they expressed concerns over the growing instances of ‘fake news’ which has “contributed to eroding the credibility of media”. In his remarks…

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PM must tame Information Minister

The spokesperson of K P Sharma Oli’s government Gokul Baskota, who is also the Minister for Communications and Information Technology, has been exhibiting extreme intolerance toward media and public criticism of the government. He looks bent on imposing censorship on media—both state-run and private. Last Monday, he directed state-run media not to publish or broadcast critical news related to Nirmala Panta’s rape and murder case. On Thursday, he warned private media owners and journalists to…

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