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Government aims curtailing media freedom

By Our Reporter
Against the fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution, the government has planned to curtail media freedom by issuing a directive on Online Media Operation 2016.
Different media organizations including Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) have objected some of the provisions of the directive curtailing press freedom.
FNJ said the directive undermined the provisions of the freedom of press and the freedom of expression as guaranteed by the Constitution of Nepal, 2015.
According to FNJ, Clause 11 and Clause 21 of the directive were too authoritative and needed to be revised.
The provisions regarding content censorship, renewal, inspection and monitoring of the online media were too vague, FNJ said.

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