Democracy Can Complicate the Job of Journalists

Adhikari, Dharma
March 2008
Nieman Reports;Spring2008, Vol. 62 Issue 1, p79
This article focuses on the efforts of Nepal's journalists to report on the transition of the country to a democratic system of government. These journalists are facing more vicious assaults from a new breed of ethno-political rebels and ethno-political groups in a free Nepal. In addition, they have to fight moral battles within their newsrooms concerning judgments made in covering the government and other competing interest groups. Another requirement facing journalists in the current situation is their sustained moral support for peace. Several issues and stories are overlooked by Nepal's news media including social inclusion, victims of war and displaced people. The challenges facing Nepali journalism can be seen at all levels of the news process.


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