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Bill can be amended: Ministers

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 26, 2014-Following widespread criticism from advocacy groups over a proposed bill on contempt of court, senior ministers of the Sushil Koirala Cabinet have said the bill will be amended if it is found to be against the fundamental rights of public and press freedom.

Speaking to journalists after a programme in the Capital on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Prakash Man Singh said: “Discussion on the bill is yet to take place in Parliament, and it will be done in due time. But correction can be made if there are any faults or if the bill is found to be against the fundamental rights of public.”

He, however, said the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) was in a little hurry to lead a protest against the bill.

Also on Thursday, Minister for Law, Justice, Constituent Assembly and Parliamentary Affairs Nara Hari Acharya said that Parliament can amend the bill. “Trust me. I always stand in favour of freedom of press,” he told delegates from FNJ Kathmandu district chapter, who handed him a memorandum. Minister Acharya assured that he is not trying to curtail the press and freedom of expression. “Parliament has the authority to change some provisions of the bill.” DPM Singh and Minister Acharya’s remarks come a day after Acting Prime Minister Bam Dev Gautam said those protesting the bill, which was tabled at the Legislature Parliament for approval, were “tyrants”.

Gautam said the threat to launch protests and tear the bill if passed by Parliament was disrespect and contempt of the sovereign legislature.

Published: 27-06-2014 08:44

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