- Announcements

Nepal: UN Members deeply concerned about caste discrimination and untouchability

PRESS RELEASE issued jointly by the Nepal Dalit National Social Welfare Organisation (NNDSWO), Dalit NGO Federation (DNF), The Feminist Dalit Organisation (FEDO) and the Jagaran Media Center (JMC) on behalf of the Dalit Civil Society Organisations Coalition and by the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN). UN Nepal UPR Review calls for effective implementation of Caste-Based Discrimination law (Geneva, November 5, 2015) – Seventeen United Nations member states raised their concerns and recommendations on caste discrimination at the United Nations Periodic Review of Nepal, urging the Government, in particular, to ensure effective implementation of the Caste-Based Discrimination and Untouchability Act of 2011. Member states…

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- Policy, Radio

Community radios struggle to reach target audience

“Community radios are failing to reach the target audience due to limited transmission area and the long distance between stations and where the audience lives. Most of the community radio stations are located in district towns while the biggest target audience is rural people. Besides, many community radios are imitating FM radio programmes and are thus deviating from what they are expected to broadcast. According to the community radio policy, the stations will work as alternative mass media for disadvantaged communities in rural areas, enabling them to express their own opinions in their own styles in places where mainstream media…

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- News, Policy, Radio

On wrong wavelength

“The country’s experiment with community radio started after the Supreme Court in 1995 said radio waves belong to the people and that the government is a caretaker. Subsequent to the verdict, civil society pressured the government to grant licences to community radio. But two decades later, the concept of community radio has not caught on. This despite the fact that almost all the governments at the Centre have promised to strengthen the medium which, they say, is “an integral component of the right to free speech and expression”.” For more information click here. Author: Anupam Chakravartty Source: Down to Earth