If Special Service Bill is authenticated in current format, it could lead to self-censorship among the journalists and their sources. Besides, journalists, You Tubers and bloggers may be arrested

Bill of surveillance

January 25, 2020 10:17 am

Article 28 of our constitution guarantees the right to privacy, which is inviolable except according to the law. But reading the draft of Special Service Bill, one gets the impression whether ‘according to the law’ means according to what the government thinks is right. When the constitution included the term ‘according to the law’, essentially it meant according to the existing jurisprudence and rule of law, not according to the rule by law. There is a thin line between this notion and constitutional legitimacy of Special Service Bill.

KATHMANDU, Jan 7: Lawmakers have demanded mandatory court permission before the national intelligence agency can intercept phone calls, messages or other communications by Nepali citizens.

KATHMANDU, Jan 1: Member of the National Assembly Ram Narayan Bidari said that the proposed 'Nepal Special Service Bill 2019' is aimed at controlling the penetration of external intelligence agencies including Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in the country.