SAID JOURNALISM

November 10, 2008

Said Journalism

Some of the “lead” of news on Nepali print media on November 10, 2008.

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Minister for Law, Justice and Constituent Assembly Affairs, Dev Prasad Gurung has said it is the government’s policy to make the Judiciary independent, accessible and transparent.
(Program: Constituent Assembly session)

Former Prime Minister and leader of Nepali Congress, Sher Bahadur Deuba has said his party has taken seriously the relief distribution and rehabilitation activities for people affected by floods, inundation and landslides in far-west region.
(Program: Public meeting at Phulbari, while visiting the area affected by flood)

Minister for Industry Asta Laxmi Shakya has said agreements with British and American organizations were made for the exploration of petroleum products in various 10 sites of Tarai.
(Program: Constituent Assembly session)

Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives Jayaprakash Prasad Gupta has said no government has ever given priority to the agriculture though it is the backbone of national economy.
(Program: Constituent Assembly session)

Minister for Industry, Ashtalaxmi Shakya has said an industry-friendly policy is to be brought for reviving the sick industries and creating conducive environment for setting up new industries.
(Program: Inauguration of a Seminar)

Minister for Physical Planning and Works, Bijaya Kumar Ghachchhadar has said resolving issues of urban development is challenging task.
(Program: Fourth Session of World Urban Forum held in Nanjing, China)

Refuting the allegation that the government media houses have been used on the side of particular party, Minister for Information and Communications, Krishna Bahadur Mahara has said he did not exert any pressure on them.
(Program: Constituent Assembly session)

Senior media persons today said that Nepali press at present should be centered on the institutionalization of democratic republic and promotion of nationality, and advocate for the new constitution.
(Program: Interaction – Media and Role of Press at Present Context)

Minister for Water Resources, Bishnu Poudel has said the government remains firm to achieve its national commitment to produce additional 10 thousand megawatt electricity in next 10 years.
(Program: Constituent Assembly session)

Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Hisila Yemi has said activities carried out by people of Syangja for internal tourism promotion show their efforts to rise above partisan interest.
(Program: National River and Kali Gandaki Rafting Festival, Syangja)

Former Prime Minister and President of Nepali Congress, Girija Prasad Koirala has said constitution-writing task should not be overshadowed under disputes on army adjustment.
(Program: Unveiling statue of Late Ganeshman Singh)

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WE WANT YOUR OIL

September 22, 2008

Crisis in Darfur: How should US respond to it?
A talk show televised by CNN on September 21, 2008.

Participants:
Former Secretaries of the States. Collin Powell, Madeleine Albright and three others.

Issues: Genocide in Darfur – Should the US intervene.

China is selling weapons to the government of Sudan, in turn the Sudanese government is using the “Chinese” weapons to “kill” the anti-government/rebels, leading to a genocide in the matter of five years. (This was also one of the reasons why they and the human rights organizations like RTI and RSF wanted other nations to boycott the Beijing Olympics.)

The show ends with most of them agreeing that the US should do something about Darfur crisis.

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Surprisingly, the real reasons of the conflict in Darfur were not discussed even once during the whole show.

A classic example of how mainstream media limits the issue of discussion, how it narrows the range of discourse; how mainstream media successfully engages people in a so called “active debate” but always manages to limit the discourse within that “range”.

The participants constantly belabored about “genocide”, “human rights” and “crisis” – they even debated, sometimes putting opposing opinions. But never once did they talk about the reasons of the conflict.

This phenomenon has been explained best by the renowned media critic – Noam Chomsky:

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum – even encourage the more critical and dissident views.

That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.”
Noam Chomsky, The Common Good

They indulged in a highly active discussion – critical and analytical. Freedom of Expression. Right to Information. Set the agenda. Everything seemed highly democratic. But through out the whole period, they did not even address the other side.. the real side.. the “real reality”.

All done with purpose.

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EYE FOR AN EYE

September 4, 2008

“God bless you all and God bless America”

Do Atheists and Agnostics and Muslims and Buddhists and Voodoos and Jews, do these vote in America?

Now that the Hindus in Orrisa, India have “either burned or damaged at least 2,400 buildings, including Christian prayer houses and schools”, will Bush/Chenny come after the Hindus? What would Obama/Biden or McCain/Palin do about it? Oh shit, Hindus. Terrorists.

But, India does not have OIL!

So the Christians in Orissa can go out in hiding. Expendable. Disposable. NON-issue.

And, damn you all. It’s “Koshi” not “Kosi”. And, don’t say “Koji” either. Ignorants. Arrogants.

After EYE-raq and EYE-ran and Mult-EYE and AntEYE – I thought they would say KosEYE. This time they got it right, though.

ChrEYEst! It’s KOSHI !!!

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Would Your Burn Candles for FREE KASHMIR

August 27, 2008
Kashmir

Kashmir (Photo: Internet)

As you all might already know that the people of (Indian administered) Kashmir have been demonstrating for a free Kashmir with rights of self-determination (and this is not a new movement at all). They don’t want to be “Indian Administered” anymore. And you might as well already know that the Indian police force have been battering the demonstrators – several have been killed, several “separatist leaders” have been jailed. Curfew has also been imposed in the valley for several days to curb any demonstrations.

Now I’m wondering! Where the fuck are the human rights organizations (along with RTI and RSF)!

The non-Tibetans and media workers that have tried to raise Tibet issue and tried to humiliate China on the face of Beijing Olympics – would they support “Free Kashmir” movement and start their media campaign?

Oh, we are talking about “Muslim” people here – not some Dalai Lama and his so called Buddhist followers. So they are the terrorists, militants and insurgents. USA? Forget it.. it won’t be interested in doing any favour to Muslim people.

Granted, there’s no human rights in China, there’s no human rights in India.. heck it’s not anywhere!

And, I really don’t care/know about the real “political” issue between India and Pakistan. I am only interested in seeing if all these AP, AFP, CNN, BBC, RTI, RSF and rights activists who blatantly legitimized the “Free Tibet” issue over Olympics, do the same for “Free Kashmir” movement.

India is not hosting any Olympic games – however, if it did, would these humanitarians and rights activists obstruct the Torch relay? Would they say – “Stop Olympics, Kashmiri are dying”? And would, some of you who burnt candles on Facebook for Free Tibet (how freaking amusing!), would you do the same for Free Kashmir?

I wish good for Kashmiri people – whatever their fate may be. I wish the same for others too.

But these so called human rights activists and so called “free media” – they just disgust me! Thukkaaa !

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Olympic Cuffs

Olympic Cuffs

The Chinese Embassy in Berlin seen through a protest banner showing handcuffs arranged like the Olympic Rings by the organization ‘Reporters without Borders’ during a demonstration to protest against Chinese human rights policy on Friday Aug. 8 2008. People from different organizations attend the protest during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)


Made My Day

August 7, 2008

Haha haha hahahahahahahaha
Haha ha ha ha ha HAHAHAHAHA

August 7, 2008
New Delhi, India
Photo: AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN

Can’t stop laughing. It sure made my day for now.


NO LAW FOR RICH AND ELITE

July 1, 2008

Bikram Shrestha

Translated from the Nayapatrika daily – June 29, 2008 Issue:

The law has forbidden making any child (below 14 years old) work. However, one former aide minister has not only kept an eight year old boy as a house worker, he has beaten and injured the boy using pipe and khukuri.

The one who demonstrated this cruelty upon the innocent boy is – former aide minister and leader of Nepali Congress Sarbadhan Rai. Rai, in drunken spree, carried out this beating over his house worker Bikram Shrestha on Thursday, June 26. A “Female Tole Sudhar Samiti” at Naraynsthan had rescued the boy and taken to Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj for treatment.

According to Bikram, Rai accused him of stealing money (Rs2000) and pounded him with a pipe. Bikram’s body is covered with scars, black and blue marks and swellings. Rai used to torture the boy before as well, and one time, Rai even stroke him with a khukuri.

Rai also used to kick Bikram on his head almost everyday.

However, wife of former minister Rai, Deepa has taken the responsibility of beating. “I beat the boy, with stick. Sir does not beat him, he loves the boy so much.” She also accused the boy of stealing the money. “Rs2000 was lost and I thought the boy stole it, so I thrashed him,” said Deepa. She added, “If I knew that this incident would be covered by media, I would not have done this.”

According to Bikram, former minister Rai used to drink alcohol and used to make him stand guard. “He drinks Royal Stag till 1 AM in the morning, he asks for ice, or water or glass. If I fell asleep, he would kick me and wake me up.”

Wife of former minister Rai, Deepa, also used to beat the boy. She used to wake him up as early as 4 AM in the morning and make him sweep the floor and wash the dishes. He had to wash clothes, wash dishes and bring vegetables from the market

Deepa had brough Birkam from her maternal home from Ranke of Ilam some seven months ago. Deepa’s mother convinced Birkam’s father that the minister’s family would take care of his studies.

Bikram is currently taking a refuge at CWIN (Child Workers in Nepal Concerned Centre). He is still afraid that the former minister will find him and take him back. “I want to go back to my home, but my step mom beats me as well.”

What will happen?

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Khatey Journalists – Thukka Myaa

June 13, 2008

Shameful. Disgraceful. Nepali journalism is a supreme example of “khatey” journalism and “jholay” journalism. Thukka – randi ka baan patrakaar bhanauda khatey haru. No wonder, no one really respects “journalists” in Nepal, especially the reporters and photographers.

How I hate to be a part of it!

Thukka!

Khatey Journalist

Khatey Journalist

Khatey Journalist

Khatey Journalist

Pic 1: There were about 100 reporters and camerapersons registered for the press conference, however almost 200 plus showed up – with some non-reporters as well. Those on the pic are trying to sneak inside past the first main gate.

Pic 2: Kaski Hall. Former King comes and becomes overwhelmed with the number of journalists present in side the hall. He is interrupted several times with incessant “halla-khalla” journalists were continuing with. He finishes his statement with several journalists at the back still persisting with their commotion.

Pic 3: “Raja le baseko chair”. One asshole taking picture of another asshole sitting on “the” chair. Several “foreign” journalists did not want to miss the opportunity of the life time either and took pictures of themselves posing on the chair. Eventually that chair was broken apart in a “tussle” between the journalists. Kantipur daily has the picture of the unfortunate royal chair.

Pic 4: Another asshole.