Kathmandu: Media Action Nepal (MAN), an organisation working to promote freedom of expression and media development in Nepal, has established press awards to recognise the invaluable work of journalists, press freedom advocates and media educators.
Named ‘Media Action Nepal-Press Awards’, MAN, a member of the Media Freedom Coalition-Consultative Network, has established the honours to acknowledge exceptional individuals active in the fields of journalism, media training and education, media development and protection of media rights.
The awards will be conferred every year under three categories–journalism, press freedom and media education–on MAN’s foundation day on December 21, and will carry a purse of Rs. 25,000 each accompanied by certificate of appreciation.
According to MAN Chairperson Laxman Datt Pant, this award is a pertinent step to appreciate and encourage the development of a free and responsible media in Nepal. “At a time when independent journalism continues to come under attack from many visible and invisible forces and media’s credibility is regularly questioned by various elements of the state and society, we hope this award shines a light on the distinguished individuals doing their best to foster a media environment that can speak truth to power, is empowered with the rights it needs to ask the necessary questions and is accountable to the people,” Pant said.
In 2023, however, as the first year of conferral, MAN will provide a single award incorporating all three categories.
This year’s award will be conferred on senior advocate Borna Bahadur Karki. Karki is the former chairperson of Press Council Nepal and has been a champion of freedom of expression and media freedom for many years. He will be awarded amid a program to be organised in Kathmandu on January 10.
Since its inception in 2015, MAN has been contributing to the cause of independent and responsible press through research, dialogue, advocacy, publication and documentation and capacity building of journalists in collaboration with national and international organizations. It is present in all seven provinces of the nation and has worked with over 5,000 Nepali journalists to date. It has also maintained an international presence, most notably through the Media Freedom Coalition and continues to present Nepal’s media perspective and raise its voices at the global level.