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Nepal has over 2,325 online news portals now

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Kathmandu, February 18

The number of online media registered in the country has increased lately. As of now, 2,325 online news portals have been registered in the country.

According to the Department of Information and Broadcasting, 478 new online media have been registered in the country so far in the fiscal year 2020/21 that began mid-July 2020.

In the previous fiscal year, a total of 550 online media were registered and 17 were re-registered. Likewise, 272 got renewed.

The President of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Govinda Acharya, says the online portals have emerged as a mainstream media, hence they should pay attention towards maintaining trust and credibility.

“The quality of some online media is still under question. Some online journalists are found publishing and disseminating news against the code of ethics,” he says, “It has to be well-regulated with the compliance of ethics.”

Likewise, 7,807 print media including dailies, weeklies, fortnightlies, monthlies/bi-monthlies, quarterlies, half-yearly and yearly magazines have been so far registered.

Total 1,127 FM radios and 202 television channels have obtained operational licences.

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