Harsh-tagged: Indian, Nepali media under scrutiny

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- Chahana Sigdel, Kathmandu
Harsh-tagged: Indian, Nepali media under scrutiny

May 4, 2015-

On Sunday, which also happened to be World Press Freedom Day, Nepali twitter users asked Indian Media to go home amid farrago of news coverage on April 25 earthquake by various Indian news networks with glaring factual errors and exaggerations.  

The next day the Nepali media was at the receiving end. A debate broke out among Nepali twitteraties on the ill-practices and overall situation of Nepali media. There message to Nepali media: Grow up.

“Its not about what Indian media did, bt its about how our media strengthen us ?#GrowUpNepaliMedia,” tweeted purushottam ??@krisakPuru?

In a little over two decades, Nepali media took a leap, be it in contents or technology. However, media pundits as well as public question the credibility and professionalism of Nepali media.

“Common sense crisis is not only in Indian Media, it’s as equal in Nepali Media n We people #GrowUpNepaliMedia,” tweeted Kalpana Bhattarai.

Nepali twitteraties, who seem to keep close tab on Nepali media, slammed Nepali media as shallow, unreliable, politicised and problematic. They argued that Nepali media run news without verification at times and mostly speeches of political party leaders.  

“Stop he said she said journalism,” tweeted Santosh Paudyal @_SanTep_.

Su Bi Ku HGL™ ??@SuBikuu? argued that the problem of Nepali media is not the mouthpieces of political parties, but those who claim to be impartial and act like a mouthpiece for a political party.

Over the course of two days, more than 174,000 tweets hashtagged #GoHomeIndianMedia were shared, according to social media analytics site topsy.com.

At the time of writing, there were 1,400 tweets hashtagged #GrowUpNepaliMedia.

It should be noted here that most of those who criticised Nepali media have tweeted in Nepali language.

“During the Tsunami in Japan, media did not print pictures of despair. They printed pictures that ignited hope and inspiration, Is this possible in Nepal?,’ tweeted another user @Roshansanwa in Nepali. ‘”#GrowupNepalimedia.

“Show some good rated contribution to quakes victim rather than just collecting news,”  tweeted Thoughtful lad ?@SangrillaP

Meanwhile, some twitter users urged their circle of followers to use #GrowUpNepaliMedia to promote media literacy and  report on ‘insensitive’ reporting.

“If you find any news distorted  then tweet about it and spread awareness,”tweeted Siromani Dhungana followed with the hashtags #GrowUpNepaliMedia, #NepalEarthquake and #MediaLiteracy.

A few days earlier, in a blog published on CNN’S iReport, Sunita Shakya, a non-residential Nepali, had written an open letter to the Indian media which was widely circulated on Facebook and Twitter. Shakya started by thanking the Indian Media for India’s help during the time of crisis before outlining what she called “insensitive coverage”. “Your media and media personnel are acting like they are shooting some kind of family serials,” she wrote.

People have also express anger over the type of questions asked by mediapersons to the earthquake victims.

“An indian news reporter to a mother who’s learnt her only son has been buried under their house. Q. How do you feel? #GoHomeIndianMedia,” tweeted Prasanna KC whose post was retweeted more than 600 times at the time of writing.  

While many took to the social media platforms to bash the Indian media over their covergae on Nepal’s earthquake, Kunda Dixit, the editor of Nepali Times, tweeted: “As if our media is any better.”

When a follower asked him why he was involved in self-indictment, he tweeted,”I am generalizing to prove that you shouldn’t generalize.”

Published: 05-05-2015 08:56

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