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Type: Book chapter
Title: Media and minority ethnic political identity in Nepal
Author: Greenland, N.S.
Wilmore, M.
Citation: Media as Politics in South Asia, 2017 / Udupa, S., McDowell, S.D. (ed./s), Ch.4, pp.46-60
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2017
ISBN: 1351972219
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Natalie Greenland and Michael Wilmore
Abstract: Nepal’s media have been lauded for their positive contribution to democratic political discourse amidst the turmoil of the post-revolutionary period (Onta, 2006), but today have become the focus of anxiety. Radio, in particular, due to the relatively low costs of production and accessibility to listeners with low or no literacy, has seen huge growth in Nepal and corresponding hopes for its potential to improve the lives of Nepal’s citizens. However, as a recent policy paper from an independent Nepali research organization, Martin Chautari (Anonymous, 2012, p. 2), explains: Despite their somewhat positive roles, FM radios have not been able to carry the voices of marginalized citizens. The concerns of the poor and marginalized citizens living in remote areas, local issues and the language spoken by the majority in those areas have not received appropriate space in FM radios. Not only are there few programs containing local concerns and in local languages, even when they do exist, with a few exceptions, they are given minimum priority in terms of time and space.
Keywords: Political Science
Rights: © 2017 Selection and editorial material, Sahana Udupa and Stephen D. McDowell; individual chapters, the contributors. The right of the editors to be identified as the authors of the editorial material, and of the authors for their individual chapters, has been asserted in accordance with sections 77 and 78 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0030086999
DOI: 10.4324/9781315267159-4
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