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Minister Sharma urges online media to be credible

The Nepal Weekly
March 14, 2023

Minister for Communications and Information Technology Rekha Sharma has urged online media to disseminate fact-based, credible and impartial news items.     

The media should prioritise such contents that create positive impacts in human lives and society, she remarked while inaugurating a digital news portal, ‘Nari Nepal Online Magazine’ amid a function in Kathmandu on Monday. 

Referring to the speedy development of digital media and various criticisms of the contents they disseminate, the Minister Sharma stressed the need for running them in a well-managed and transparent manner.     

It will be wrong to put all media in the same basket in terms of their performance, she however clarified and called for regulating and promoting them by making related laws.  ”The state should focus on how online media is being developed lately. The process to make necessary laws is ongoing,” she informed.     

Homework was underway to formulate appropriate policies and programmes linking the Communication Ministry and mass communications with women, she pointed out.     

Minister Sharma also assured that the government’s policies and programmes, and budget for the next fiscal year, 2023/24 would prioritise women’s issues. Underscoring the need for policy reforms for the development of information technology, its expansion and women’s participation, minister Sharma assured to take initiatives in making the mass communication act women-friendly.