Print Media in Crisis

The National Print Media Network, the umbrella organization for print media in the country, says investment-oriented small print media is in crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath.

The report on the status of small print media for investment distribution, prepared by the network’s research team in collaboration with the Nepal Press Council, was submitted to the secretary of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology on Friday.

Network Secretary General Kishore Shrestha and Press Council member Thakur Belbase presented the study to the secretary of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

The report noted that such small, investment-oriented media outlets have continued to face difficulties in surviving in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report said that the impact of the pandemic deteriorated the normal operations and other activities of the print media, including printing, distribution and marketing, among others, plunging them further into crisis.

The report states that the relevant departments, including the ministry, need to protect the small print media. The report mentions that journalists and their dependent family members have also suffered as the media business deteriorates day by day.

It also includes the spirit of media ethics, the code of conduct, the reliability and accuracy of news that media outlets need to publish, as print media is an effective means of informing, changing and transforming society, as well as establishing new values.” The report said, “Working journalists were found to be deprived of basic salaries, insurance and other benefits by the media and the state itself.

The report was developed through interactions, discussions, stakeholder meetings and field visits across Nepal.