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South Asian media lack connectivity, say editors

Publication Date : 11-08-2014


South Asian journalists gathered at a symposium in the capital concluded that media publications in the region have not been able to report on each other’s issues due to less people-to-people connectivity.

Farah Ghuznavi, a columnist and a writer from Bangladesh, said that the South Asians do not have a sense of cohesive identity.

“It is in our attitude. We only prefer to cover border issues. To be fair we all have a lot of issues on our plates,” said Ghuznavi.

One of the panelists, Siddhartha Varadarajan, a former editor of an Indian daily The Hindu, said that the low number of reporting on regional issues reflects the low level of engagement among people and trade issues.

“Once the borders become more open, the number of reporting on our regional neighbours shall increase. This might take a decade or so,” said Varadarajan.

Ameet Dhakal, editor of Setopati, an online Nepali publication, also said that the readers’ interest usually guide stories and if Nepali readers are not interested in stories from India they will likely not be covered.

Soe Myint, editor of Mizzima, a Burmese daily, blamed South Asia for lack of interest in regional connectivity.

“When Myanmar opened up to the rest of the world in 2012, Southeast Asian states immediately barged in. South Asian states are, however, nowhere to be seen in Myanmar,” said Myint.


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