Govt commissions task force to study impacts of new criminal law on press freedom

File: Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

Kathmandu, September 12

The government on Tuesday commissioned a team of experts and professionals to study impacts of the new criminal code on press freedom.

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology formed the task force after media fraternity protested some provisions of the new law saying they curtail press freedom. The government has clarified that it does not have any intention to restrict the rights of journalists.

Journalist Dev Prakash Tripathi heads the team that has 14 members. Representatives of journalists’ and media houses’ organisations including Federation of Nepali Journalists, Nepal Press Institute, Media Society, Sancharika Samuha, Broadcasting Association and Association of Community Radio Broadcasters Nepal have been made members in the team.

The team has been told to study impacts of the new law on press freedom and come up with recommendations to solve the problems within next 45 days, according to the Ministry.

Published on September 12th, Wednesday, 2018 11:49 AM

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