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SIGNIS Asia Gears up to Study Media for a Culture of Peace

KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – The Asian Association for Communications – SIGNIS Asia – is scheduled to hold its annual assembly 2011 in Kathmandu, Nepal from October 16 to 22 at Dhulikhel Lodge Resort outside Kathmandu.

The theme of the assembly is: “Media for a Culture of Peace: CREATING IMAGES WITH THE NEW GENERATION.”  Some 60 participants from 20 countries are expected at the events in which Signis World president Mr Augustine Loorthusamy and Catholic Media Council (CAMECO) Asia-Pacific representative Mr Georg Amshoff will participate.

“The largest country delegation at the assembly is fromIndiawith 11 delegates,” says Signis India president Mr Sunil Lucas.

The assembly theme is also the SIGNIS World theme to guide the work of the association for the next three years. It is inspired by Pope Benedict XVI’s Message for the 45th World Communication Day 2011: “Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age.”

“Even though we do not have SIGNIS in Nepal we hope that holding the Asian Assembly for the first time in Kathmandu will generate interest among Christian media professionals to form Signis-Nepal,” says SIGNIS Asia president Mr Lawrence John from Malaysia who arrived in Kathmandu, 14 October.

The head of Catholic Social Communications in Nepal Mr. Chirendra Satyal will host and coordinate the event which includes the SIGNIS Asia Assembly, study days and the SIGNIS Asia Media Awards 2011.

The SIGNIS Asia Media Awards (SAMA) 2011 will award media productions in three categories: 15 minute video (USD 1,000), one minute video (USD 500) and Poster (USD 300). All entries are expected to be on the theme “Media for a Culture of Peace: CREATING IMAGES WITH THE NEW GENERATION.”

Signis Asia member countries include:Bangladesh,Brunei, Cambodia,Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea,  Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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Media access better for Christians in Nepal than in neighbouring India

L to R: SIGNIS Nepal Chirendra with Signis Asia president Eljay on his first visit, 28 to 30 Jan 2011

KATHMANDU (C.S.)— Recent socio-political changes in Nepal indicate better media access for Christians in Nepal and is looking brighter than in neighbouring India.
”Nepalese are emerging out of illiteracy and are not `reading’ people – they are addicted to audiovisuals. After the democratic changes we are using local TV channels to broadcast Christian or value based programs. We have been producing Christian films but with problems of weak scripts or non-gripping storylines they have not been really popular nationwide as yet. I am thinking of TV serials where each episode would cost about 300 (US) dollars only to make,” says Pastor Loknath Manen, who likes to be called a writer. He started Christian newspapers and magazines and produced Christian hymns in audio CDs and also Christian films.
The Believers’ church Bishop Narayan Sharma adds, “After the recent political changes none of the two dozen TV stations or over 140 FM radio stations would refuse broadcast of any Christian programs if we produce them. I have been producing radio programs and broadcasting via short wave and FM since the last five years. Right now our “Atmik Yatra” (Spiritual Journey) programs are being broadcast via 52 FM stations daily and the government radio station weekly. We hope to go on the internet and reach Nepalese all over the world with our programs. We have produced some 30

Bp Narayan Sharma presenting CDs to Eljay

Nepali programs in a month. TV broadcasts are more expensive to do it daily– so we do it weekly.”
Showing dozens of audio CDs and DVDs in Nepalese language that his center produced, Bishop Narayan Sharma says, “I am busy preparing a movie on an ethnic Nepali literary figure of Darjeeling(India) – Pastor Gangaprasad Pradhan – who produced the first Nepali newspaper in Nepali language and translated the Bible in Nepali language in 1914. We have to complete this movie before India takes out a postal stamp to commemorate 160th anniversary of this literary genius in July 2011.”
South Asia’s first FM radio station run by Christians in central Kathmandu named “Good News FM” broadcasts Christian programs only 12 hours a day. The managing director of the FM Station, Mr. RC Timothy says a permanent building for the radio station was being completed nearby and there were plans to put relay antennas in West and East Nepal. Currently the lone antenna reaches over ten districts in and around Kathmandu valley.

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