​ Women presence as news source nominal, study shows



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Kathmandu, Dec 13 (RSS): Various speakers have underscored the need of increasing women as a source of news in Nepali media. 
At an interaction organized here today by Freedom Forum on 'Women Presence in Nepali Print Media', the speakers also emphasised the need to enhance women presence as reporters in Nepali media industry. 

On the occasion, Director at Department of Information Suman Bajracharya pointed out the need of adopting a policy to appoint 33 per cent women in media as it is already in practice in government agencies. 
Federation of Nepali Journalist (FNJ) Vice-President Bipul Pokharel said it is a positive development to have women as entrepreneurs in media industry of late. 

He noted that women presence as news source would obviously increase if the women were designated as public information officer (PIO) in the government or public agencies. 
Also speaking on the occasion, Freedom Forum Chairperson Haribinod Adhikari urged the media house to play catalytic role to retain women journalists in the industry. 

Reporter at Nagarik Daily Bhasha Sharma said women journalists are not less capable than their male counterparts but the problem lies in bringing women to contact as a source of news. 
The media monitoring carried out by Freedom Forum during 11 months from January to November 2017 revealed that women have been quoted as source in only 9.25 per cent news of broadsheet dailies in Nepal. 
The monitoring report also demonstrated that only 5.32 per cent news of the print media outlets covered in the study have by-line of women journalists. 
It is found that male have been quoted as source in 53-01 per cent news.