22 September 2012

Paternalistic Attitude Still in Nepal Cinema Censor Board

By Harsha Man Maharjan

According to an amendment in  Motion Picture (Production, Exhibition and Distribution) Rules, 2057 (2000 A.D.) in 2010,  Nepal Film Censor Board has to rate movies in four categories Universal (U), Parental Guide (PG), Special (S) and Adult (A), but the board is still scissoring scenes and showing paternalistic attitude to film makers. This is evident from the list of ratings this board gave to movies both Nepali and foreign during few months (15 june-6 September 2012).

This is the first time that the Ministry of Information and Communication has made public such kind of information. This is good for public and the board. I think it makes decisions of the board transparent. And this is good symptom for future.

But it has helped us to judge the rating system. The list contains ratings of 45 movies and informs about the cuts in movies. These ratings show that the board has shown concern on ‘vulgarity’. Two examples are interesting. The board has cut a kissing sing in a song in Indian movie Raaz-3. Yet the board has rated it ‘A’. Similarly the board has muted some words like ‘randi’ or whore and ‘saman’ (thing) and bed scene was shorten in Nepali movie Bindas which was criticized in Nepali media for its nudity. Yet the movie got adult certificate. 

It is interesting that the issue the board cares a lot is sex in cinema. But the board members are forgetting that Nepali society is gradually becoming open in case of sexual issues. There are semi pornographic weeklies pandering racy contents. The Internet, where pornographic content is a click way, is penetrating in our life.

 Links of the ministry and cinema rule

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14 September 2012

Need of Social Media Guidelines in Nepali Media

By Harsha Man Maharjan

 Do Nepali media need social media guidelines ? This became a topic in an interaction program organized by Martin Chautari on 13 September 2012 about ‘How are Nepali Journalists Using Social Media ?’ According to Tilak Pathak journalist and member of Centre for Media Research-Nepal and pundit of this program, “Nepali media have started to feel a need of these guidelines but none has created one”.

 This problem arises when a journalist who is employed in media break news from his/her blog or facebook or twitter. Pathak informed that there is no incident where a journalist has been taken action for breaking news in social media. It seems to me that it is right time that Nepali media prepare their social media guideline. This would make easy for journalists.