MoCIT applies to vacate minimum wage verdict

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No information about closing social networking sites circulated: Communications Ministry

Kathmandu, March 3: The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has clarified that it has not published any information about its any intention to close social networking sites Facebook and Twitter, terming the information about closure of the sites provided by the social site users fake. “The government is seriously concerned over the issue. The Ministry and its subordinate bodies have not published any information related to the issue. The information spread by the users…

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Free operation of social media poses threat to combat cybercrime: Police

Kathmandu, Feb. 27: Absence of a provision to register the social media operating freely in Nepal has posed a serious challenge to combat and investigate the incidents of cybercrime and giving timely justice to the victims. “Nepal at present is without any registered contact office of social media, and in the absence of this, we are facing difficulty in conducting proper investigation into cybercrimes,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Uttam Raj Subedi said. In absence…

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Minister Baskota defends curbs on social media use

Kathmandu, February 21 Minister of Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Sapkota today said that misuse of information technology  could be as catastrophic as hydrogen bombs. He said this at a press conference organised at his ministry to inform the press about the decisions that the Cabinet had taken in its meeting on Monday. Minister Baskota said information technology was a crucial thing to be monitored as it was used also in war and for…

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Nepal government tightens screws on social media

Feb 13, 2019- The government has proposed a new law seeking to impose a fine of Rs 1.5 million and five years in prison for those writing improper things on social networking sites. The bill related to managing information technology has a provision that no one should be duped, dominated, discouraged, discriminated, scolded, provoked, and kept in the dark through social networking sites. Anyone found involved in such activities would be fined up to Rs…

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Bill tabled to restrict civil servants from sharing views on social media

A new bill tabled at the House of Representatives has restricted civil servants from sharing their views through media including their micro-blogging sites, which experts claim would affect their right to expression. The Federal Civil Service Bill proposes strict provisions for civil servants which will remain in effect even after their retirement. Though the Civil Service Act-1993 in force has similar restrictions, the new bill has added more of them. Clause 75 of the bill…

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Provincial media bills will curtail press freedom, experts warn

Feb 11, 2019- Some provisions of media laws being drafted by provincial governments are detrimental to press freedom, experts have warned. While some provinces have criminalised media-related offences with provisions for jailing journalists, others have clauses that contravene constitutional guarantee of the free press. Province 2 has drafted its Integrated Communication Bill-2075 that criminalises “the offences of the media”. The bill has a provision that a person publishing or broadcasting any products without licence would…

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Bill poses ‘danger of economic blockade on media’

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: A draft bill on Management of Advertisement Regulation should be revised to remove provisions that threaten freedom of expression, stakeholders have said and raised concern over the proposed legislation that many believe is aimed against media critical of the government. The draft bill, which is awaiting approval by the upper house of parliament, makes a whole gamut of advertisement content a criminal offense that can result in a prison sentence. Under the…

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Minister Baskota says he cares about freedom of press. Really?

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota likes to give out the impression of a political leader who truly cares about journalism. Baskota, himself a journalist who turned politician, keeps harping on the need to improve the working condition of working journalists. In fact, the ministry that Baskota heads recently hiked the basic salary of working journalists by 25 percent. Baskota enjoys lampooning the corporate media for their woeful treatment…

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FNJ launches drive to enforcing minimum wages

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