Accountability systems

The media accountability system is very weak in Nepal. The self-regulation system for media works only when the accountability system is owned by the industry – either through representation or shared framework and widely accepted procedures, but this is not the case in Nepal. The Press Council Nepal, which has the responsibility of receiving press complaints, is largely ignored by the media houses for its political composition and government appointment of its members. The Press Council Nepal received 55 complaints regarding media contents in 2016 and was able to solve 25 of them the same year. It also employs a monitoring system on media contents and issuing concerns and warnings when necessary. 

No Nepali media has an internal complaint system or Ombudsman. There is also no press complaint commission constituted by any group of publishers as is the case in some countries in the region like Sri Lanka.