Case for clean feed policy

Clean feed policy can set up the base for fair competition between products that are manufactured in Nepal versus those imported. It has been implemented in almost every country in the world. Our neighbors India, China, Bangladesh and Sri-Lanka all have strict clean feed policy. Under the policy only TV commercials produced and fed by national or local advertisement companies of the country are played in and can be played on any TV channels broadcast…

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A tightened muzzle

– BHANU BHAKTA ACHARYA Jan 4, 2019- When the government with a two-thirds majority in Parliament started to rule the country, the general public held high hopes for full press freedom and democratic accountability. However, this year was marred by strategic approaches to suppress a free press environment and silencing critical voices against the interests of the government of Nepal. Various interventions in 2018 have contributed to a dismal environment for press freedom in Nepal.  To…

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Stop bullying media

Nepali political parties and their leaders have one consistent take on media: They express commitment to press freedom and make it a part of their policy. They appreciate media when they expose wrongdoings of their rivals. In such case, they also come forward to support media’s effort, or at least appear to do so. But if the same media outlets bring out their wrongdoings or write against their failure on delivery, the same political parties…

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Fury against media

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli often refers to his 14 years of imprisonment during the Panchayat regime “for the sake of democracy,” but his working strategies and actions of his government barely reflect democratic characters. Despite the fact that he leads the two-thirds majority government, he fears public criticism and cannot tolerate it if anything is written against him. Disgracefully, he dictated his cadres in September to counterattack his opponents ‘like a swarm of hornets.’…

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Cabinet decisions must be transparent

The government of K P Sharma Oli on Sunday committed such an action, which, if this is what the government is bent on doing in the days to come as well, will go down in Nepal’s history as the state’s deliberate attempt to stifle free flow of information and deny people and wider media fraternity their right to access vital information. On Sunday, the government refused to reveal the cabinet decisions to media. Such an…

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Not disclosing cabinet decisions a huge setback for freedom of info

Nov 14: The way Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Banskota responded to a crowd of reporters desperately waiting to learn about the decisions of a Cabinet meeting the other day has saddened and angered Nepal’s media fraternity. Reporters from mainstream media were waiting in front of the Prime Minister’s Office until late into the night, braving the cold of the approaching winter. When Communication and Information Minister Banskota appeared, they followed him as…

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Why so secretive?

A Cabinet meeting held on Sunday evening after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli recuperated from his weeklong illness took a number of decisions, including the appointment of three ambassadors to India, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare Tham Maya Thapa, Nilambar Acharya, a member of the Nepal-India Eminent Persons’ Group and also a former law minister in the interim cabinet of 1990, was appointed ambassador…

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Treat the press equally

Oct 10, 2018- The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology recently urged all government entities to prioritise state-owned media while distributing information and giving advertisements in order to support and help sustain government publications. The government rationale behind this is to make the state-owned media ‘professional, financially sustainable, self-reliable and competitive’. In modern societies, the availability of information is of paramount importance to make decisions. Much of that information is provided by media outlets like…

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Dry spell

Oct 5, 2018- On September 21, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology announced through a press release that it was going to institute a blanket ban on online pornography. Declaring that pornography is against the values and morals of Nepali society and arguing that such “obscene” material contributes to sexual violence and malpractices, the ministry, citing Article 121 of the Criminal Code, directed internet service providers to block all pornographic websites. There are numerous…

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Towards a digital Nepal

Nepal has embarked on an economic revolution to bring progress and prosperity after a successful transformation into a federal republic. Therefore, there is a great need for information communication and technology (ICT). ICT plays a significant role in education, health, tourism, employment, finance, agriculture and environmental conservation and promotion. The federal government and the private sector are yet to institutionalise and harness the tremendous benefits including competitive advantage of digital technology in terms of sustainable…

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