|Media Strategic Plan|
While Nepal’s media is generally considered to be free and robust, the media sector still suffers from numerous problems, including over-concentration of the media in the Capital, little investigative reporting, poorly trained journalists, self-censorship and a weak news market that results in poorly funded media. Local Nepali media, with the exception of local FM radio stations, are underdeveloped in Nepal. Even the relatively high standard of local FM radio stations in Nepal is largely due to support from several Kathmandu-based community radio satellite networks and content providers.
The major strategic area within media is to prepare Nepal’s media to meet the emerging public information needs that will lead to a democratic, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous Nepal.
In a transitional situation, creating the pressure to guarantee total freedom of the press is essential. Other important issues include the professional capacity of journalists, content of the media, a code of conduct for journalists, and social inclusion into the journalistic profession. ASD supports local organizations to implement their programs, facilitate dialogue, conduct research and provide advanced media trainings.
ASD works in close cooperation with the Network Media Program in London. A joint strategy planning session was held in Kathmandu in March 2010, with detailed discussions with all major stakeholders. Outcomes of this session inform ASD and OSF strategy for 2011 – 2012. See Strategy outline for collaboration with Open Society Network Programs for detail.
Nepal’s media emerged as professional and accountable constituents of a peaceful democratic society.
Support the development of a free, professional media that is representative, responsive and accountable
Stakeholders: Journalists/ editors, media associations and radio associations/groups.
Stakeholders: Researchers, education and training institutions, regulatory bodies and industry associations.
Stakeholders: Journalists/ editors, particularly members from underrepresented social groups
Major strategic areas for upcoming years
Tools and Strategies:
Convening consultations, research, publications, trainings, exposure visits, campaigns for freedom of expression, media freedom and protection of journalists.
Strategy outline for collaboration with Open Society Network Programs Working on Media are:
1. Network Media Program (NMP)
In March 2010, ASD organized a Strategy Planning Session (SPS) for media development in Kathmandu which brought together ASD, NMP and numerous Nepali media practitioners and experts. The session helped to focus OSF’s work on media in Nepal by identifying the following focus areas: