Kantipur Publications

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Kantipur Publications Pvt. Ltd.
कान्तिपुर पब्लिकेशन्स प्रा. लि.
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Status Active
Founded 1993
Founder Shyam Goenka
Country of origin Nepal
Headquarters location Tinkune, Kathmandu
Distribution Nepal
Key people Kailash Sirohiya
Publication types Periodical
Imprints Kantipur
The Kathmandu Post
Saptahik
Nepal
Nari
Official website ekantipur.com

Kantipur Publications Pvt. Ltd. (Nepali: कान्तिपुर पब्लिकेशन्स प्रा. लि.) is a media firm based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The company operates five widely circulated print publications, a national television network, and a radio station. It is the first media organization in Nepal to gain membership to the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN). It was founded by Shyam Goenka and its chairman is Kailash Sirohiya.

History[edit]

In February 1993, exactly two years after Nepal’s constitution was amended to permit a free press, Kantipur and The Kathmandu Post were founded by Shyam Goenka, when he was 29 years old.[1]

The massacre of the royal family in June 2001 prompted the first crisis between Kantipur Publications and the government. Three directors of Kantipur were arrested and charged with "sedition" after publishing comments by a Maoist leader about the death of King Birendra.[2]

The proclamation of a state of emergency on November 26, 2001, by King Gyanendra under the direction of then Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba suspended the press freedom guaranteed by the country’s Constitution a decade earlier. Police began a wave of repression: more than fifty journalists were arrested, many publications were banned outright.

Following a February 1, 2005 royal coup by King Gyanendra, Kantipur Publications operated under tighter restrictions. Journalists throughout Nepal were subject to imprisonment and beatings by the Royal Nepal Army. Nevertheless, Kantipur Publications continued to criticize the regime despite the royal proclamation and the ongoing civil war.

In March 2005, Narayan Wagle, editor in chief of Kantipur, was held for questioning by police on suspicion of criticizing the king in print.[3]

During the 2006 uprising, Kantipur Publications continued operations despite increased crackdowns by the monarchy on private media.[4]

Press freedom has been restored since the restoration of democracy in Nepal in May 2006, allowing Kantipur Publications to operate without fear of reprisal by the state.

Trouble with Maoists[edit]

In 2007, Kantipur Publications faced pressure from Maoist-aligned organizations such as Young Communist League[5] and the All Nepal Trade Union Federation.[6] However, an agreement was reached between Kantipur and the Federation.[7]

Properties[edit]

Newspapers and magazines[edit]

  • Kantipur - Daily newspaper, circulation 250,000 - the most widely read newspaper in Nepal.[8]
  • The Kathmandu Post - An English language daily newspaper, circulation 50,000[8]
  • Kopila - A weekly supplement that comes with Kantipur. Targeted towards kids.
  • Saptahik - A weekly entertainment tabloid, circulation 100,000[8]
  • Nepal Weekly - Magazine focusing on politics and society, circulation 37,000[8]
  • Nari - Women’s magazine, monthly circulation 36,000[8]

Broadcasting[edit]

  • Kantipur Television Network - Popularly known as “KTV”, provides news and original entertainment. It is an affiliate channel to CNN.
  • Kantipur FM - Provides news and original entertainment throughout the Kathmandu Valley on channel 96.1. The first privately owned and operated FM radio station in Nepal. Established in 1998.

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