The council took action against the newspaper
Kathmandu, 1 February 2022: Press Council Nepal has taken action against the newspaper which is moving news content. The council has decided to remove 34 newspapers from the classification process saying that they have been transferred in last year’s classification.
Announcing the classification results of newspapers of the two fiscal years 2075/76 and 2076/77, the council has stated in a press release that the classification results have been published on the basis of the report of the newspaper distribution review committee.
For various reasons, the classification of newspapers across the country had not been made public for almost three years. As per the results, out of 883 newspapers (state level 166, national level 165, local level 552) applying for classification of FY 2075/76, 219 newspapers have been classified in ‘A’ category.
Similarly, 476 newspapers are classified in ‘B’, 137 in ‘C’ and 15 in ‘D’. Of those classified, 179 are daily newspapers, three are semi-weekly magazines and 501 are weekly magazines. Similarly, 11 fortnightly, 73 monthly magazines, seven bi-monthly magazines and six quarterly magazines are classified. Magazines in 58 literary and nine language languages are also included in the classification.
There are 11 newspapers which have not received the required documents and 25 newspapers which are not found responsible for following the code of conduct. The class of those newspapers has not been established. Similarly, out of 878 newspapers (state level 169, national level 149, local level 560) that applied for the classification of FY 2076/77, 239 newspapers have been classified in ‘A’ category.
Similarly, 431 newspapers in ‘B’ and 163 newspapers in ‘C’ have been classified. No newspapers are classified in ‘D’ category. Of the classifieds, 180 are daily newspapers, two are semi-weekly magazines and 486 are weekly magazines. Similarly, there are 12 fortnightly, 73 monthly magazines, six bi-monthly magazines and eight quarterly magazines. 57 literary and nine language magazines are also included in the classification.
There are 11 newspapers that have not received the required documents and 34 newspapers which are not found responsible for following the code of conduct. The class of those newspapers has not been established. The council has stated that if you are not satisfied with the result, you can apply for re-evaluation / re-evaluation with 15 percent of the fee and 25 percent of the fee for the initial seven days including double fee. The results of the newspaper classification have also been posted on the Press Council Nepal’s website and Facebook page.
The council has stated that the number of incidents of violation of code of conduct in journalism has been increasing recently. According to the statement, complaints have been lodged with the council against some media outlets for irresponsibly disseminating news, falsifying it and making audio and video messages on social media.
In this regard, the Council urges all journalists and the media to fully abide by the Code of Conduct as per the slogan of Healthy, Clean, Independent and Dignified Journalism Friendly Press Council Nepal.