Radio Free Nepal (http://freenepal.blogspot.com)
An archive of the democratic blog since www.blogger.com no longer hosts it. Also an official note from the annoymous blogger 🙂 that ran the site creating a buzz around the world for the need of democracy in Nepal.
History of Radio Free Nepal
As soon as the then King Gyanendra finishes his address to the nation, I sat down on my computer and wrote a blog entry for United We Blog!. After completion, when I tried to connect to the internet via my dial-up connection, it didnâ€™t connect for the telephone was already dead.
Though I could not post that entry, I continued writing pieces whenever possible â€“ sometimes more than once a day. I kept the file inside a program file directory renaming it as gtep.dll (gtep standing for Gyanendra Takes Executive Power and dll being a safe extension so that if somehow my computer is searched, it would not be found).
Before this happened, all bloggers of United We Blog! were just been members of Media Bloggers Association and itâ€™s founder president Robert Cox was with regular contact with me. After the internet opened , we discussed about getting words out and he suggested me the concept of Radio Free Nepal. It would to be remained anonymous so to give me more freedom to write.
The original idea also included write-ups from other journalists but that could not happen (only Somesh Verma of Kantipur Television gave me a piece) and podcasting (that could not happen as I had the dial-up at my home).
It was Robert, who created the account in the blogger and posted all the earlier posts sent by me via emails. I collected information from journalists and peoples and wrote them down. Later Tom of The Media Drop posted entries for me.
Anonymity & Continuity
It remained anonymous for two reasons: to give me more freedom to write and that I am protected. I didnâ€™t publicly announced my involvement in it even after democracy was restored in Nepal because I believe that what I did was for my country as a citizen and that I did not want to under-evaluate my work by announcing it my work.
I did not lie to any close friend when they asked if it was me (somebody even wrote that it was me on his popular blog).
The blog also stopped operating for the same reason. It was instrumental providing true information to the outside world when the media in Nepal were unable to do that. But kudos to our media, they slowly opened up themselves and worked around the censorship to become â€˜freeâ€™ within six months.
When media is giving all information, there was no need of RFN. Itâ€™s purpose served and I believe nothing should be lengthen without purpose.
Thanks to Media Bloggers Association of USA and it’s president Robert Cox (it was him who encouraged and created RFN for us), United We Blog!, photojournalist Bikash Karki (for his photos – there is no photos in this archive), Somesh Verma of Kantipur Television (for his account on censorship), all my collegues at The Kathmandu Post for their insights and information (although most of them didn’t know they were providing information to the Radio Free Nepal blogger), Tom of The Media Drop (for an announcement, interview and something more important), Mark Glaser of Online Journalism Review for a long story, Sean Hawkey of WACC for an interview, Reporters Sans Frontiers, BoingBoing, Jeremy Raynalds of American Daily, Anjana Pasricha of Voice of America and Annie Besant of Asia Media.
Some stories on mainstream media
1. Nepal scribes evade censors with blogs by REUTERS (via The Telegraph)
2. Nepalese bloggers, journalists defy media clampdown by king by Mark Glaser in Online Journalism Review
3. Nepali journalists use cyberspace to fight for democracy by Anjana Pasricha in VOA (via The Nation)
4. Nepal: Out of the silence by Kristin Jones in Committee to Protect Journalists
And many, many more people, websites and blogs. Thank you!