Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Media Response to Conflicts in Nepal

Post-1990 Nepal is remarkable, not only for democratic political change but also for its mushrooming media industry; media companies have been influential actors in conflicts. To analyse their role and motives as private business actors in conflicts, this article explores the dynamics of media engagement, the implications of media companies’ actions and needs, and their motives as corporate actors. The authors focus on two conflicts – the anti-monarchy movement and the internal labour disputes in media companies – and the companies’ response to different conflict situations. Using a qualitative case study approach, the article concludes that media companies in conflict situations have inevitable social as well as commercial obligations. Balancing these two interests and maintaining political neutrality become challenges to media in conflict contexts. Evidence shows that media companies can either manipulate situations or be manipulated themselves by various actors’ interests, leading to unintended and sometimes undesirable conflicts.

AuthorsSafal GhimireUniversity of New England, Armidale NSW, Australia
                 Bishnu Raj UpretiNCCR North–South, South Asia Office, Nepal
Published in: The Journal of Media, War and Conflict
Publishers: Sage Publishers/Bournemouth University

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