KATHMANDU: The Kathmandu District Court on Monday released Editor of Share Bazar weekly Dinesh Acharya, who was arrested on charge of sharing a news through social media site facebook on a bail of Rs 30,000, on a defamation case.
Acharya, editor of Share Bazaar Weekly, was produced at the Kathmandu District Court on Tuesday. A single bench of Justice Arjun Adhikary ordered to release him on bail after hearing. Police arrested Acharya on a complaint filed by businessman, Nirvan Chaudhary under provision of the Electronic Transactions Act, 2008.
Nirvana had lodged a complaint against Acharya two months ago, and sought action against the latter for character assassination for sharing the news about his personal life on social media. Chaudhary had sought Rs 550 million in compensation from Acharya.
‘Share Bazaar’ Weekly on its issue of Ashad 9-15 had run a story on Nirvana Chaudhary’s personal life. Editor Acharya had later shared the news story on his Facebook wall.
Meanwhile, the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), the umbrella organization of working journalists across the country, has condemned arrest Acharya, on charges of sharing a news article published on his newspaper on the paper’s Facebook page.
A press statement issued by FNJ said, “FNJ believes that it is the dutiful right of a journalist to relay news and opinion based programs and news-related messages. FNJ also expresses deep sadness over the rising trend of having journalists arrested by using the Electronic Transaction Act which was made for a separate purpose.”
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