•      Tue Feb 27 2024

‘Social media should focus on social responsibility’

Kathmandu, Feb 10: Media experts have viewed the social media including YouTube should be attentive to social responsibility in the wake of broader reach among public.

At a editors dialogue on ‘Impacts of Social Media in Journalism’ organised by Press Council Nepal here Friday, they suggested strict adherence to social responsibility to make journalism dignified, reliable and sustainable.

They pointed out the need of addressing influence and challenges of social sites including YouTube seen in media along with changes in information technology.

On the occasion, noted journalist and former President of the Federation of Nepali Journalists, Kishor Nepal, stressed, “Journalists should not run to increase viewers and forget the responsibility towards the nation and society. Social sites users should understand these things.”

Sharing that major components are found missing in news in recent period, he mentioned that even mainstream media are also disseminating incomplete news. Nepal viewed social sites, new media houses and newspapers are in crisis in lack of implementation of existing laws.

The supervision and monitoring carried out by Press Council Nepal on media running through YouTube platform is being effective, he added.

Similarly, Press Council Nepal Chairman Bal Krishna Basnet explained that media running through YouTube platform are being monitored. He expected suggestions from editors for making such media effective.

Basnet argued legal obstacles would be removed to carry out monitoring and supervision of all media if the term ‘newspaper’ is replaced with ‘media’.

President of FNJ, Bipul Pokhrel, shared that there is negative impact in the society in lack of monitoring, control and editing on news content of social media including YouTube while Chairperson of Digital Media Society and Chief Editor of Bahrakhari online, Prateek Pradhan, explained that one should think properly while putting its opinion in any incident through social media.

Likewise, Chief Editor of the Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS), Yek Raj Pathak, suggested the Press Council that it focused more on curbing copy-paste journalism as it has been polluting journalism. Chairman of Advertisement Board, Laxman Humagain, senior journalist Shambhu Shrestha, General-Secretary of Sancharika Samuha, Basanti Bastola, among others laid emphasis on the need of monitoring social media.

Editors-Gunaraj Luintel, Hari Bahadur Thapa, Arun Baral, Gajendra Budhathoki, Bimal Gautam, Pushpa Hari Campa Rai, Matrika Poudel, Upasana Ghimire, Jyoti GC, put forth their views on the occasion.

Total 90 people including editors and news desk chiefs of print media, online, radio, television, YouTube channel were present on the occasion. #Nepal