KATHMANDU, Dec 31: The COVID-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges and pushed the media into an uncharted territory. Across the globe, press freedom has been undermined by governments to control the public narrative and cover up their inadequacies. Authorities have clamped down on the media to control information and public debate about the pandemic.
LONDON – I had been captive in Afghanistan for about two weeks when the government of my home country, Canada, contacted those attempting to negotiate my release. They told negotiators to get me on the phone the next day, when the United States military would be flying a drone over where they thought I was being held, in order to determine my whereabouts.
KATHMANDU, April 4: A senior leader of the main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), Shekhar Koirala has asked Prime Minister KP Oli to immediately sack his IT consultant Asgar Ali as the latter has courted a serious controversy for his alleged involvement in removing of news content from a Kathmandu-based news website kathmandupress.com.
KATHMANDU, Nov 22: Federation of Nepali Journalists will organize a nation-wide demonstration on Sunday to exert pressure on the government and concerned stakeholders to ensure press freedom and protection of journalists.
KATHMANDU, Nov 2: Nearly 500 journalists were killed throughout the world between 2014 and 2018 which accounted for an 18% increase in the number of killings, as compared to the preceding five-year period (2009-2013).
CHITWAN, Oct 26 (RSS): Nepali Congress General Secretary Dr Shashanka Koirala has said the freedom of press means freedom in country. In his address to a reception organized by Nepal Press Union (NPU) Chitwan chapter here today on the occassion of Tihar, the NC General Secretary said the status of press freedom indicates how the country enjoys freedom.
SYDNEY, June 26: Australia’s national broadcaster and two biggest newspaper publishers called on the government on Wednesday to protect press freedom, declaring media laws outdated, inconsistent and used by the powerful to keep embarrassing information secret.
AMSTERDAM – It has been more than eight months since Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and critic of his home country’s government who had been living in self-exile, was tortured, killed, and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. As the Saudis bent over backward to obscure the truth about Khashoggi’s fate, Turkey launched an investigation. As expected, not much has come of it.
Comedian and architect Pranesh Gautam’s arrest for his satirical review of the movie “Bir Bikram 2” got mixed reactions from the public. While some believed that Gautam had overstepped the line, many thought it was an outright violation of his freedom of speech. Our constitution guarantees free expression but where does one draw the line?
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 3: The World Press Freedom Day has been celebrated across the globe on May 3 since 1993. Member nations of the United Nations have started marking the day once the UN General Assembly proclaimed it in 1993.
KATHMANDU, May 1: The Federation of Nepali Journalists, an umbrella organisation of working journalists in the country, hosted a solidarity rally for press freedom and freedom of expression to mark the 26th International Press Freedom day here this morning.
KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota likes to give out the impression of a political leader who truly cares about journalism. Baskota, himself a journalist who turned politician, keeps harping on the need to improve the working condition of working journalists.
KATHMANDU, Jan 21: A report titled the Status of Media Freedom in Nepal, which was unveiled in the capital on Sunday, has demanded amendments to the provisions in the new Criminal Code that curtail media freedom.
KATHMANDU, Sept 16: The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has announced fresh programs aimed at exerting pressure on the government to consider amendments to the legal provisions in the new Civil Code and Criminal Code. The newly introduced codes, intended to reform the country's legal system, govern the conduct of everybody, rich and poor alike, replacing the 55-year-old Civil Code.
HANOI/UNITED NATIONS, Sept 14: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Thursday the jailing of two Reuters journalists had nothing to do with freedom of expression and that they can appeal against their seven-year sentences, prompting a sharp rebuke from the United States.
KATHMANDU, Aug 22: Amid criticism from various quarters that the newly enacted Muluki Codes contain regressive provisions against press freedom, the government has come up with yet another piece of legislation with stricter provisions on collection and publication of information on individuals, including public office bearers.
MYANMAR, Aug 21: The judge in the trial of two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar on accusations of obtaining secret state documents said on Monday he will deliver his verdict on Aug. 27, in a case seen as a test of press freedom in the fledgling democracy.