Nepal’s troubles don’t exactly coincide with American concerns these days, but that doesn’t mean bloggers aren’t on the case:
In the fight against the King Gyanendra’s media censorship, the Internet is playing a vital and unexpected role. Bloggers are becoming Nepal’s new watchdogs. In the face of strict rules restricting print, television and radio communications, Nepali journalists have begun using web logs, or blogs, to communicate their opinions and news to the outside world.
A 26-year-old male journalist in Kathmandu, who remains unnamed for security reasons, is the pioneer behind the now-popular website Radio Free Nepal (RFN). He started blogging as a concerned citizen and an irate journalist after the Feb. 1 coup, but did not fully realize the potential the Internet offered.