KATHMANDU, Dec 2: A sub-committee under the Legislative Committee of the upper house has recommended minimizing fines against journalists for breach of media code of ethics in the much talked-about the Media Council Bill.

Righting the wrongs

September 9, 2019 02:05 am

One of the main reasons the government of K P Sharma Oli is receiving public criticism is because it has been introducing one after another controversial bill in the parliament. Most controversial in this regard have been Guthi Bill, Media Council Bill, National Human Rights Commission Bill and National Security Bill. The first was criticized because it had the provisions that political party in power could use or misuse to curtail press freedom or selectively target media houses which disseminate news and views critical of the government.

KATHMANDU, Sept 7: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, has said that government is all committed to creating media-friendly atmosphere.

Time for correction

September 4, 2019 02:00 am

Amendments on media council bill

KATHMANDU, Sept 3: Lawmakers from both ruling and opposition political parties have demanded removal from the proposed Media Council Bill of any fines for journalists violating the journalistic code of conduct.

KATHMANDU, Aug 30: Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Gokul Prasad Banskota has said journalism should not be practised with interest motive.

KATHMANDU, Aug 30: With the government tabling the controversial Media Council Bill in parliament on Thursday, the onus now lies with the parliamentarians whether to ensure press freedom by accommodating the concerns raised by the media fraternity in the new legislation.

KATHMANDU, Aug 29: The government has registered Media Council Bill 2075 at the National Assembly on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Aug 12: Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Barshaman Pun reiterated that all the controversy over bills including Media Council Bill presented to the federal parliament would be settled through extensive talks with concerned stakeholders.

KATHMANDU, August 6: Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Gokul Prasad Baskota, said talks mentioning that democracy was in crisis just reflected the psychology to create unnecessary fear among the mass.

KATHMANDU, July 10: The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has withdrawn is protest programs after written commitment from the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leaders to address journalists' concerns over the controversial Media Council Bill registered in parliament.

KATHMANDU, July 5:  Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is holding a peaceful assembly against the proposed Media Council Bill on Friday afternoon.

DHANGADHI, June 22: The far-western level general assembly of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) concluded here today, calling for the withdrawal of the Media Council Bill.

A long hot summer of protests?

June 12, 2019 07:23 am

KATHMANDU, June 12: There was optimism across the country that protest activities would decline after the formation of a new government with a near two-thirds majority in parliament. The optimism was shared by all the major political forces including the Tarai-based Rastriya Janata Party Nepal and Samajbadi Party Nepal. There was only one national level party, Nepali Congress (NC), that sat in the opposition benches.

GORKHA, June 9: Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba said on Sunday that his party will prevent the government from passing the Nepal Media Council Bill tabled in the Parliament.

KATHMANDU, June 8: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), the umbrella organization of Nepali journalists, is staging a rally today against the proposed Media Council Bill in the capital on Saturday afternoon.

KATHMANDU, May 26: The ruling Communist Party of Nepal (NCP) leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam, has expressed his hope that the media council bill would be corrected as per the demand of media persons.

KATHMANDU, May 25: At a time when journalists and media stakeholders are protesting various provisions in the Media Council Bill now registered in parliament , the press freedom advocacy organization Freedom Forum has suggested amendments to 20 provisions in 15 sections of the bill.

KATHMANDU, May 23: Expressing their concern over the proposed media council bill, the editors of mainstream media have urged the government to withdraw the bill.

KATHMANDU, May 23: The Nepali Congress (NC) has demanded that the government stall the Media Council Bill until the anti-press provisions of the bill are removed.

BIDUR, May 12: Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Banskota has assured that the Media Council Bill was being brought for the greater good of journalists. At a press conference organized by Press Chautari Nepal and Press Centre Nepal here today, Minister Banskota shared that new rules would be introduced to ensure journalists’ rights and welfare.