Journos op­pose Crim­i­nal Code

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Jour­nal­ists have strongly op­posed some pro­vi­sions in­serted in the new Crim­i­nal Code that came into ef­fect from Au­gust 17. They have ar­gued that the pro­vi­sions will cur­tail the press free­dom and free­dom of ex­pres­sions and they be re­pealed. A gath­er­ing of the edi­tors and for­mer chair­men of Fed­er­a­tion of Nepali Jour­nal­ists on Sun­day in the ini­tia­tive of the FNJ ex­pressed con­cerns about the pro­vi­sions which con­tra­dict the Con­sti­tu­tion and in­tend to cur­tail the free­dom of ex­pres­sions as well as pre­vent jour­nal­ists from gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion. At the end of the gath­er­ing held at Go­dawari, the FNJ is­sued a four-point Go­dawari Dec­la­ra­tion to con­serve and pro­mote free­dom of ex­pres­sion, press free­dom, right to in­for­ma­tion and civic rights. The fed­er­a­tion is­sued the dec­la­ra­tion after dis­cussing with the edi­tors and its for­mer chair­men at Go­dawari. The gath­er­ing de­clared the pro­vi­sions of the new Crim­i­nal Code, its pro­ce­dure in­clud­ing crime against the state, crime against pub­lic peace, defama­tion, and pri­vacy se­ri­ously

un­der­mines free­doms of ex­pres­sion and the press. The jour­nal­ists de­manded an im­me­di­ate amend­ment to th­ese pro­vi­sions. Th­ese laws have crim­i­nalised the pos­si­ble of­fences due to pub­li­ca­tions and broad­cast­ing medium be­sides crim­i­nal­is­ing the sec­tion 15 of the Press and Publi­ca­tion Act, the gath­er­ing con­cluded.

“Crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of defama­tion, pri­vacy and publi­ca­tion is ob­jec­tion­able and that needs to be cor­rected at the ear­li­est,” read the dec­la­ra­tion.

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