A note from the publisherOn the 27th anniversary of Kantipur Publications, Chairman and Managing Director, Kailash Sirohiya reiterates commitment to independent journalism despite attempts being made through regressive pieces of legislation to curtail freedom of expression.
Today, Kantipur Publications completes its 27 years and turns 28. On this occasion, on behalf of Kantipur Media Group, I would like to congratulate and extend my thanks to our readers, dealers, distributors, advertisers, advertising agencies and well-wishers.
When Kantipur Publications laid the foundation of professional journalism nearly three decades ago, democracy had just been restored in the country. As society marched towards openness, we became the leading medium to disseminate information, news, analysis and ideas. Our adherence and commitment to those values never wavered over the years; even though, at times, the dark clouds of adversity have hovered over us. We, however, have become accustomed to dealing with such difficulties.
When the constitutional transition ended and political stability was restored, our understanding was that the scope of journalism would expand and the media would thrive. But the scenario is different. Attempts have been made through regressive pieces of legislation to curtail the constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of expression. We don't really know why this happened. But its impacts are being seen on journalism, just as other areas of society. Although this has presented us with a challenge, our commitment to independent journalism will never falter.
Today, the country's economic scenario is not very encouraging and its impact is visible. As such, with a desire to facilitate meaningful dialogue between government agencies and the private sector, we hosted the Kantipur Economic Summit, which saw the participation of experts, political leaders, administrators, industrialists and business people. Recently, we also hosted the second iteration of Kantipur Conclave. During the two-day event, as many as 40 speakers from home and abroad discussed and shared ideas. We will certainly continue with such events of social responsibility.
Over the last year, we’ve attempted to streamline our internal systems and make our publications more readable. Our digital editions are much more attractive and are regularly updated. We will continue with our efforts to make all our publications better.
Our readers are our sources of inspiration and commitment. We will never forget our foundations of fearless journalism.
Chairman and Managing Director