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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FNJ to launch policy-level media mission

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Minister Baskota pledges to enforce minimum wage for working journos

BHAKTAPUR, Jan 19 : Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Banskota has reiterated his commitment to enforce minimum wages for working journalists by all means. Inaugurating the 21st annual general meeting (AGM) of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Bhaktapur chapter here on Saturday, Minister Banskota said the provisions related to minimum wage would be implemented without any compromise. The Ministers may be changed but the policy to this effect would remain the same,…

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Media fraternity fears government’s bid to control advertisements

Jan 4, 2019- The Ministry of Information and Communication is set to table a new bill at Parliament soon with the purpose of regulating the country’s advertisement sector. The media fraternity fears that the proposed bill, with some regressive provisions, is intended at stemming the free flow of advertisements considered backbone of the Nepali media industry.The use of words like “regulation” and “management” in the bill raises suspicion over the government intent, people familiar with…

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Govt told to decriminalise defamation

Kathmandu, December 1 The task force formed by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to suggest changes to make new penal code media-friendly has recommended decriminalisation of defamation. The 15-member task force led by senior journalist Dev Prakash Tripathi submitted its report to Minister of Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota yesterday. Task force member Govinda Acharya, who is also the president of Federation of Nepali Journalists, said the task force recommended the…

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Stringent IT law to replace Electronic Transaction Act

Nov 27, 2018- The government has drafted a law governing the Information Technology sector that will replace the Electronic Transaction Act-2008 commonly known as the cyber law. At a time when the ETA-2008 has been ‘terrorising’ people, authorising their detention even for posting reports on social media, the government is coming up with the legislation introducing more stringent measures that could “seriously affect” journalism. Section 87 of the IT Bill states that “inappropriate use of…

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Province 3 Media Management Bill: Lawmakers file amendments

Province 3 lawmakers have registered amendment proposals on the Media Management Bill tabled by the provincial government in the Provincial Assembly on Sunday. Registering the amendment proposals yesterday, the provincial assembly members representing the Nepali Congress, Bibeksheel Sajha Party and Rastriya Prajatantra Party claimed that the bill had provisions that aimed to curtail press freedom and contradicted with the federal law that was being revised. Of the total 58 sections of the bill, the lawmakers…

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Attempt to kill private media: NMS

Kathmandu, October 10 Nepal Media Society has flayed the government’s recent moves that discriminate against the private media and are aimed at controlling them. The government’s moves — from the penal code and laws related to privacy to prioritising state-owned media while selling advertisements and raising journalists’ salaries — are meant to control private media, the society stated in a press release issued today. The umbrella body of publishers termed the government’s decision to raise…

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