When the Nepali Times morphed into a weekly newspaper from an e-platform in 2000, it was met at first with initial skepticism as the few English weeklies that existed back then had changed hands, declined in quality, or just faded into oblivion.
However, this new paper swiftly made its mark as it brought on board a panel of writers and journalists whose reportage covered the nation’s socio-political struggles with insight and acumen. Nepal at this time was going through the curse or blessing of interesting times — a turbulent transition from a monarchy to the planet’s newest federal republic.
This boldness was at odds in a country where journalism had historically faced censorship. The editorials and articles were well researched and unequivocal, speaking for the disenfranchised and for those who were tortured, killed and disappeared by both the Maoists and the Army. Nepali Times never compromised on fundamental issues like human rights, and even today continues to demand an inquiry into war crimes.