Badhshala- A Bad Director Can Never Make a Good Film

This is yet another example of former adversaries- the Nepali Army and the Maoists- coming together to cover their dirty secrets (conflict-era crimes). By Siromani Dhungana UWB Habituated to the filthy political drama, the government imposed a ban on Nepali movie Badhshala (Slaughter House) in a clear sign that the government is going to beContinue reading “Badhshala- A Bad Director Can Never Make a Good Film”

Populist Government’s Bumper Offer to Media Houses

Populist Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai has now tried to lured media fraternity by offering, what media report suggests, ‘unnatural facilities’. By Siromani Dhungana UWB If you can’t beat them, join them. Or, bribe them. If it turns out to be true, the Baburam Bhattarai-led government’s attempt to appease the media sector only exposes the real characterContinue reading “Populist Government’s Bumper Offer to Media Houses”

Press Council Nepal: From a Watchdog to the Maoist Lapdog

By Siromani Dhungana UWB The present Press Council Act in Nepal need to be revisited, restructured and reformed to ensure the independence of the council and to establish it as a true ‘watchdog mechanism’. After the appointment of new chairman at Press Council Nepal (PCN), the need of reforming the existing legal provision has furtherContinue reading “Press Council Nepal: From a Watchdog to the Maoist Lapdog”

Indian Embassy in Kathmandu and Nepal’s Free Media

These are not very good times for the relationship between the Nepali media industry and the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu. They are at loggerheads, most recently, over a statement issued by the embassy on 27th blaming “certain print and television media” reporting “against products manufactured by Indian Joint Ventures in Nepal.” Past allegations of thisContinue reading “Indian Embassy in Kathmandu and Nepal’s Free Media”

Maoist, the Party of Prime Minister, Attacks Himalmedia, the Newspaper House

Update: The CPN-UML boycotted a scheduled meeting of the political coordination committee, which was supposed to be attended by Prime Minister Puspa Kamal Dahal, as a mark of protest against the Maoist attack on Himalmedia Pvt Ltd on Sunday. The UML also issued a statement condemning the Maoists for “brutal attack” on Himalmedia. Former CPN-UMLContinue reading “Maoist, the Party of Prime Minister, Attacks Himalmedia, the Newspaper House”

Yes, Comrades Did It. Maoists Say They Killed Birendra Sah

The Maoist communists today admitted that they killing journalist Birendra Sah after abducting him. The CPN Maoist today admitted that their cadres killed Bara-district journalist Birendra Sah. Unveiling the report of the high-level committee it had formed to probe into the case, the Maoists have also expressed commitment to give all possible support to theContinue reading “Yes, Comrades Did It. Maoists Say They Killed Birendra Sah”

Nepal Press Freedom Update: Papers Back on Stands, Maoists Back Off, Editors Unite

Update: In a separate agitation program today, police detained over 35 journalists from the southern gate of Singha Durbar, the central administrative block as some scribes were protesting against the recent Maoist attack on the press. Demanding reinstatement of 49 scribes who were sacked from state-owned Gorakhapatra, press freedom, among other, the journalists were stagingContinue reading “Nepal Press Freedom Update: Papers Back on Stands, Maoists Back Off, Editors Unite”