Stories Tagged 'Press freedom'
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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Some provisions of media laws being drafted by provincial governments are detrimental to press freedom, experts have warned.
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Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that media plays an instrumental role to strengthen democracy in the country.
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The government has become more highhanded with regard to freedom of expression and press freedom. It ignored the amendment to the criminal code and its procedures.
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Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has called for an immediate stop to interference with independent journalism and press freedom.
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