MAN publishes handbook on ‘parliamentary journalism’


KATHMANDU: With an aim to equip journalists on various dimensions of the parliament-media relations and to offer them with practical guidance on covering parliamentary businesses and deliberations, Media Action Nepal (MAN) has published a handbook on ‘parliamentary reporting’.

The publication titled “Parliament-Media Relations: A Handbook on Parliamentary Journalism” presents an in-depth analysis of the parliament-media relations in the context of Nepal’s new federal set up. In addition to being a source of knowledge for reporters specializing in parliamentary affairs, the handbook sketches historical background of the parliamentary reporting, freedom of expression and right to information provisions in the Nepalese constitution along with federal and provincial parliamentary arrangements.

The handbook divided into five units along with an introductory chapter contributed by the renowned journalist and the recipient of Ramon Magsaysay Award for journalism in 2002 Mr. Bharat Dutta Koirala discusses media in federal set up, relations between the parliament and media, information and news on parliamentary affairs, ethical standards on parliamentary reporting and the media’s role for the informed democracy. The handbook is written and edited by veteran media educator Prof. Rama Krishna Regmee and MAN Chairperson and an internationally acclaimed media expert Mr. Laxman Datt Pant.

The handbook that has a total of 140 pages is prepared in Nepali language and will be helpful for working and aspiring journalists, parliamentarians, media researchers and academics. It also highlights the critical role of the journalists in creating spaces for analysis and constructive dialogues.

The handbook is published with support from the Australian Aid.