There are not many photobloggers in Nepal and as far as I knew only four are there. But nevertheless they are making their marks and hogged limelight during the people’s movement that concluded recently after the King gave up the power.
On April 23, Rajesh KC’s Phalano.com probably became the first Nepali blog to be featured in Boing Boing. It was indeed an achievement.
Then, a Brazillian newspaper Globe featured an interview of another photoblogger Sailendra Kharel who is based in Nepalgunj. The interview is in Portugese and here is the translated version of the story.
Congratulations, Rajesh KC and Sailendra Kharel.
I was in Manila, Philippine for four days, April 18 to 22, to participate in the conference called Free Expression in Asian Cyberspace organized by South East Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ). The conference was held in a time when the people’s movement in Nepal was as its height.
Via By Jove!
It is always difficult to be in-charge of the state media as the person should be ready all the time to change the overall stance of the media anytime the government changes. Its probably the most undesirable task for the professional journalists.
Gorkhapatra, The Rising Nepal, Nepal Television and Radio Nepal are four state-run media and the changes can clearly be seen on them after the King reinstated the parliament. The most visible of the change is on the masthead as both Gorkhapatra and The Rising Nepal removed the motto ‘Dedicated to Nation, Patriotism, Crown and Democracy‘ from today’s edition. Both added the motto a few days after the King took over executive power on Feb 1, 2005.
Blog coverage of ongoing fight for democracy in Nepal shows the beauty of blogs
The ABC of journalism and blogs are different. Journalism is all about accuracy, balance and creditability; blogs are accurate, biased and critical. Blogs have a few advantages namely interactivity (thus more democratic for discussions) and quick (thus serving the audience with updates every now and then).