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Supreme court asks government to explain FM radio censorship

first_img June 8, 2020 Find out more April 21, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Supreme court asks government to explain FM radio censorship News News NepalAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill May 29, 2019 Find out more News Receive email alerts Newscenter_img Organisation Follow the news on Nepal to go further NepalAsia – Pacific Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage RSF_en Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story Reporters Without Borders today welcomed yesterday’s ruling by Nepal’s supreme court ordering the authorities to explain a 2 February directive banning FM radio stations from broadcasting news. The order was issued in response to a writ petition filed the day before by radio journalist Binod Dhungel, member of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) challenging the directive.The press freedom organization said it hailed this courageous initiative and urged the Kathmandu government to respond to the court’s decision by definitively lifting the ban. In yesterday’s initial hearing, lawyer Dinesh Tripathi explained the unconstitutionality of the directive issued by the information and communication ministry after King Gyanendra assumed full powers on 1 February. It banned Nepal’s FM radio stations from broadcasting news and discussion programmes for six months and permitted only entertainment programmes. Only the government-run Radio Nepal is exempt.Supreme court judge Arjun Kumar Singh ordered the government to send the defence attorney to the next hearing, scheduled for 25 April.The plaintiffs argued that censorship is contrary to the letters and the spirit of the constitution and that the directive violates the 1992 National Broadcasting Act and the 1994 National Broadcasting Regulation. Dhungel said it also violates fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution.Reporters Without Borders notes that the ban has had a catastrophic impact on the right of the Nepalese public to be informed. More than 50 radio stations have been affect and hundreds of journalists have been laid off. May 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more


Brown questioned over job cut claim

first_imgBrown questioned over job cut claimOn 27 Jul 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Unionsand IT experts have questioned the chancellor of the exchequer’s claim thatbetter use of technology will allow the Government to cut more than 100,000jobs in the Civil Service.Inthe recent public spending review, Gordon Brown said the job losses would havelittle impact on services “precisely because the public sector has invested£6bn in new technology, modernising our ability to provide back-office andtransactional services”.However,John McReadie, national officer at Public and Commercial Services union, said:“The experience in the Civil Service is not a good one. The past is litteredwith billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money wasted on ill-conceived, badlymanaged and ill-prepared computer systems.”EricWoods, an analyst at IT research company Ovum, said: “Our main concern is thatthe emphasis may be too much on potential savings and not enough on thetransformative power of IT investment when coupled with a business changeprogramme.”last_img read more