'Revised Newspaper Distribution Auditing Criteria' issued
KATHMANDU, July 11: Press Council Nepal has issued the ´Newspaper Distribution Auditing Criteria- 2069 BS´ with revisions that shall come into effect from the Fiscal Year 2069- 070 BS.
The revised criteria will come into effect from July 16 this year, said the Council in its press statement Wednesday.
As per the revised criteria, newspapers obtaining over 90 percent during an evaluation will be put under the ´A´ category and media houses with an investment of Rs 20 million and having over 100 full and part-time employees and journalists would not be recommended for the facilities under public welfare advertisements.
Similarly, recommendation of the local distribution committee will be recognized and the implementation of the Working Journalists Act will also be made the basis of the newspaper categorization.
Evaluation of any newspaper will be begun only after the regular publication of two years.
However, newspapers based in the remote districts with women, dalit and nationalities as editors and published in the language near extinct will be brought under evaluation with a year of the publication.
Mouthpieces of the political parties and sister organizations shall not be included in classification.
As per the revised criteria, 25 marks will be given for quantity of newspaper distribution, 5 marks in continuity, 15 marks in code of conduct, 25 marks in content, 15 in regional news story, 10 marks and 5 marks in printing and outlay designing.