Govt won’t restrict freedom of expression, claims Minister Banskota

Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Gokul Banskota, at a press meet, in Kathmandu, on Thursday, February 21, 2019.

Kathmandu, February 21

Government spokesperson and Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Banskota has claimed that the government is not trying to restrict freedom of expression of its citizens.

The Minister’s statement comes at a time when stakeholders and members of the public have been denouncing the government’s move to register a new information technology bill that requires social media sites to register with the government for their operation in Nepal.

Informing that some people mistook it for the requirement to register every single account, Minister said the government would not block public from using social media. He, however, maintained that they should be disciplined.

Speaking at his weekly press briefing on Thursday afternoon, the Minister said other countries had also introduced such provisions that companies like Facebook and Twitter should register themselves with the governments for operation.

Published on February 21st, Thursday, 2019 2:32 PM

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