Himalayan News Service
Kathmandu, June 18:
Awareness has not reached the indigenous grass roots though billions have been spent on indigenous media, said participants at a programme organised today by the Association of Nepalese Indigenous Journalists (ANIJ). Presenting a concept paper on â€˜Issues of indigenous nationalities in mass mediaâ€™, journalist Chun Bahadur Gurung said, â€œWhen indigenous people have spent billions on various forms of mass media, they could have their own media to ensure effective dissemination of unheard voices throughout the nation.â€ â€œDue to the lack of proper cooperation and human resources, and with no clear direction to develop an effective media, we have not been able to gain much,â€ he said. Commercial culture had further sidelined indigenous issues as â€œonly saleable news are disseminatedâ€. â€œSustainability is a major question for media in mother languages,â€ said president of Nepal Magar Association, Yam Bahadur Budhathoki. Biswas Tigela of Pravasi Nepali Bedana said distribution is another major headache.