Stories Tagged 'Press freedom'
In this great republic, I think our netas have forgotten that they are here to serve the public. 
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The Oli administration has been roundly criticised for attempting to push through a number of controversial bills, including a Media Council bill and an IT bill, that many say could be used to stifle criticism and muzzle the media.
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The KP Sharma Oli-led government, which enjoys a two-third majority in Parliament, has largely ignored freedom of the press and drafted legislation “which include provisions that are contrary to global standards of press freedom, freedom of the expression and freedom of the internet,” notes the report, which has titled the Nepal chapter ‘the legal stranglehold’.
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The grim picture of press freedom in Nepal comes less than two weeks after Reporters Without Borders, an advocacy group on issues relating to freedom of information and freedom of the press, described Nepal’s press freedom as “‘victim of political vicissitudes”.
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The detention of and subsequent charges filed against journalist Arjun Giri earlier this week under the Electronic Transaction Act for publishing a story about a local businessman has reignited the conversation about existing and proposed laws in Nepal, which media advocates say could be used to stifle press freedom.
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Freedom of the press is essential to any democracy and any laws that might be used to circumscribe that freedom should be scrutinised.
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