Supreme Court scraps provision requiring online media to renew their registration each year

Published On: April 14, 2021 09:55 AM NPT By: RSS

KATHMANDU, April 14: The Supreme Court (SC) has issued an order to scrap the provision of annual renewal of online media. 

A joint bench of Justices Deepak Kumar Karki and Sushmalata Mathema on Tuesday issued a directive to annul the rule which makes it mandatory for online media to renew each year.

The apex court order has scrapped the provisions stipulated in Clause 6 of the Online Media Operation Directive-2073 that was introduced against the spirit of the Constitution of Nepal, 2015, on freedom of expression and the press. 

In response to the writ petition filed earlier by advocates and journalists, Leelanath Ghimire and Bishnu Kumar Giri, the apex court revoked the online media directive's provision that stated the online media could be shut if their renewal is not done each year. The court issued a certiorari order to scrap the provision saying that this was inconsistent with the spirit of the constitution.


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