I work to make our democracy stronger.
I have also been a journalist by academic training and 16 years of experience, working with newspapers such as Kantipur, Kathmandu Post and Nepal.
I was born in Ramechhap, eastern Nepal. I live and work in Kathmandu.
I am also a blogger who started what everyone later found out to be Nepal’s first blog site. Quite a few national and international media (new and old) have noticed that.
Between activism and journalism
Nepalese journalist, blogger, activist Dinesh Wagle walks a fine line to fight for what he believes in.
— AsiaMedia (UCLA)
Nepalese bloggers, journalists defy media clampdown by king
United We Blog’s co-founder Dinesh Wagle’s crusade to get Nepalese journalists to blog has made him a leading figure in the nascent Nepalese blogosphere, and United We Blog has gone from a personal forum to a much more politically charged outlet.
— Online Journalism Review (USC)
Not just critics
Not so long ago, many blogs were not unlike LiveJournal diaries: all personality quizzes and LOLs, but the form is versatile, it’s developed, and some bloggers are getting serious. Very serious.
And outside of the West, that change has been fast. A good example is given by Dinesh Wagle, who set up Nepal’s United We Blog! resource.
Within days [of the Royal coup], the media community began fighting back. Some took an activist role, helping organize street demonstrations and devising ways to circumvent censors. A small cadre of journalists took to the Internet as soon as access was restored a week later. One of the leaders was Dinesh Wagle.
Nepal scribes evade censors with blogs
Journalists in Nepal are going hi-tech to sidestep tight censorship imposed after last month’s royal coup.
Outspoken web logs, or blogs, are springing up and being widely quoted and linked to in the blogosphere, the mushrooming cyberworld rapidly establishing a place for itself as an alternative source of news and information.
“I feel that our very own survival, intellectually and mentally, depends on freedom,” says Dinesh Wagle, a newspaper journalist who runs United We Blog! (www.blog.com.np).
The Kathmandu Post interview
Q:What is the difference between your work as a blogger and as a journalist?
A: As a reporter with magazines and newspapers, I felt most articles were somewhat formal, devoid of certain information that the mainstream press considered too informal. But I liked those bits of information. So I used to write a blog post that included the information that I could not include in a newspaper story. But I always believed, as I do now, that a blog post, like a piece of journalistic work, needs to be factual and truthful. To be able to publish is a sort of power and with that comes responsibility—which is common to both journalism and blogging.
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