Don’t curb Press free­dom, Nepal’s Opp warns govt

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

Nepal’s main Op­po­si­tion Nepali Congress has warned the Com­mu­nist gov­ern­ment not to cur­tail Press free­dom through a new crim­i­nal code that makes pub­lish­ing con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion, record­ing au­dio or tak­ing pic­tures with­out per­mis­sion a jail­able of­fence.

For­mer pre­mier and Nepali Congress (NC) pres­i­dent Sher Ba­hadur Deuba said the “Press free­dom should not be cur­tailed on any pre­text” and called on the Nepalese jour­nal­ists to be ready to face any kind of chal­lenge.

Speak­ing at a pro­gramme or­gan­ised by the Nepal Press Union in Chitawan district on Fri­day, he said the NC would not ac­cept any kind of gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence to press free­dom. He was re­fer­ring to the gov­ern­ment’s new Crim­i­nal Code and Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dures Code which came into ef­fect in Au­gust, amid fears that the new pri­vacy pro­vi­sions out­lined in the codes would ham­per free Press in the coun­try.

The gov­ern­ment ex­pects to re­form the coun­try’s le­gal sys­tem by re­plac­ing age-old ‘Mu­luki Ain’ through the new leg­is­la­tion. Deuba said the NC is al­ways in favour of Press free­dom.

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