An account of key issues and
developments in Nepalese journalism
Patrakarita: Byabastha Ra Byabahar
(Nepalese Journalism: System and Practices)
Published by Journalism Department,
Tribhuvan University and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Price: Not disclosed
Edited by Lal Deusa Rai, Parsuram
Kharel and Chiranjibi Khanal
By A CORRESPONDENT
The history of journalism in Nepal is
fairly recent, but it has seen many vicissitudes. After
the overthrow of the Rana regime in 1951, a new era of
press freedom was ushered in the country. But that could
not last for more than a decade.
Following the introduction of the Panchayat
system in 1960, the Nepalese press found itself constrained
by many restrictions. Until 1979, when anti-government
protests culminated in the annsouncement of the national
referendum, the media was under the total control of the
government. Some private newspapers did exist but they
did not have significant influence.
The months preceding the referendum
and its aftermath saw a liberalization of the political
system and opened up opportunities for bringing out more
newspapers. In the 1980-1990 decade, Nepal's press went
through another phase of development - a process that
gained momentum after the restoration of multiparty democracy.
A number of books have come out chronicling
the development of Nepalese journalism. "Nepali Patrakarita
Byabastha Ra Byabahar" brings to light some hidden
phases of this history. Written in Nepali, the book explores
the historical development of Nepalese journalism.
History has shown that the more liberal
the political system, the more dynamic the media becomes.
This book advances that thought through its examination
of constitutional developments and practical realities
relating to press freedom in Nepal.
The National News Magizine, Vol. 20, No. 26, Jan 12 -
Jan 18 , 2001.