Selected responses in social media
Thank you for your overwhelming support following the announcement that Himal Southasian will suspend its publication from November 2016.
Responses on Twitter
Very sad that Himal is felled by vicious targeting from political forces. It is a voice of sanity in South Asia!
Hope brilliant @Himalistan can overcome Nepal obstruction, continue covering region. They check facts, print truth.
A big loss for South Asia and anyone interested in the region. Proud that I once contributed 2 it. May u return soon
@Himalistan if Nepal fails to provide a platform for Southasia no one else can. Hope Himal comes back soon and strong
“Himal Southasian to suspend publication” = sad news, indeed. http://bit.ly/2boIvFb . Please return soon!
A very sad news in a time when integrity in journalism is much much needed.
I’m very sorry this morning to hear that @Himalistan is ceasing publication. One of my first published stories appeared in their pages. I recently visited a prison to do some guest-teaching and one of the prisoners had Googled me and read it. That was the first story I put up for workshop as an MFA student. About, among other things, faith, feminism, and menstruation. More importantly, I loved that this prisoner in Minnesota was reading @Himalistan!
Terrible news. The importance of Himal simply can’t be overstated.
This is incredibly sad. Such a fine publication. I hope it returns soon.
Suspension of @Himalistan shows censorship operates in many ways, incl the slow banality of bureaucratic obstruction
Salil Tripathi Retweeted Himal Southasian. Very sad development.
Unexpected news – Himal decides to suspend publication. The only magazine with a truly south Asian perspective.
A blow against Nepali media. Himal suspended citing “the use of the arms of bureaucracy to paralyze its functioning”
End of @Himalistan is a very sad moment, points to the imminent end of a vibrant, transnational imagination for South Asia.
This is terribly sad. Choking independent media and CSOs through state structures points to a withering democracy.
Suspension of @Himalistan will be a real loss for Southasia & Nepal. Hope the suspension will be temporary setback.
Sad days. @Himalistan is suspended. I’ve written there since ’90s & been on editorial team. Great publication.
This is very sad. Loved reading @Himalistan for many years. Models to support independent media desperately needed!
Sad: @Himalistan, pioneering mag. promoting ‘cross-border journalism’ in #Southasia, to suspend publication in Nov http://himalmag.com/himal-southasian-to-suspend-publication/ … …
If I know @Himalistan at all, this is a temporary setback. In solidarity with the excellent team. Stay strong.
Regressive elements in state force Himal Southasian to discontinue! No democratic voices inside state opposing this?shar.es/1w28bj
Manjushree Thapa @manjushreethapa
I really hope the swift public outcry against the suspension of @Himalistan results in a reversal
Beena Sarwar @beenasarwar
Yola Verbruggen @yolaverbruggen
Sad to hear @Himalistan forced to suspend operations, such a great publication: http://thewire.in/61595/political-attacks-nepali-state-agencies-force-himal-southasian-magazine-to-suspend-operations/ … via @thewire_in
Mohamed Junayd @mjunayad
Ajaya Bhadra Khanal @akhanal
Nepali state and bureaucracy is still a means of extraction and control, not a service provider accountable to the people. #himal
Pratyoush Onta @pratyoushonta
I wrote my first article for HImal in 1992 My best one – on Gurkha dukha – published in 1994 old.himalmag.com/component/cont…
Responses on Facebook
In my small career as a freelance journalist, Himal Southasian has been the only organisation which-
a) Acknowledges your submission.
b) Goes through a thorough round of fact checking.
c) Informs you about the changes they have made while editing.
d) Asks you if you are fine with the changes and if there are any concerns.
e) In advance informs you about the amount you will be paid and the tentative time it will take.
f) Does not forget to send you a courtesy mail even if your write-up is rejected.
What else can a freelancer expect for? #StandWithHimal
Terrible news at the time of various forms of censorship in South Asia.
At a time when South Asia needs more alternative voices, a standard bearer shuts its press. Sad to see it end.
Bad news for journalism in South Asia. One of the best news and analysis magazines in the Subcontinent is closing down “due to non-cooperation by regulatory state agencies in Nepal that has made it impossible to continue operations after 29 years of publication.” I’ve met several members of their team (I’ve published seven essays in it over the years) and they are all very decent and committed journalists and editors with high standards. Hope they can revive Himal at some point, perhaps from another location in South Asia.
This is tragic, and only showcases the crises that the current times are, in the larger Southasian region and beyond.
This is really sad. Himal was one of the first places, I wrote. Himal Southasian decides to shut down ‘due to non-cooperation by regulatory state agencies in Nepal that has made it impossible to continue operations after 29 years of publication.’ Independent and uncompromising strong voices are being increasingly forced to shut down. This is a worrying trend. These are dangerous times, indeed.