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Journalist Panta gets seven days custody over news item


KATHMANDU: The District Administration Office Kathmandu has sent journalist Sushil Panta to judicial custody for seven days.

Panta, who was arrested on charge of “cyber crime” after the Kanya Campus, Dilllibazaar lodged a complaint against him over an article that allegedly wrote about sexual life of its students. The controversial post has now been deleted. He has been detained in the Metropolitan Police Range, Hanumandhoka Panta, who is the editor of www.nepalheadlines.com, is affiliated with the Kathmandu-based Gorkha FM also.

Meanwhile, Press Council Nepal (PCN) has expressed its concern over the detention of Panta by police for some contents published in the online news portal on Thursday, and demanded his immediate release.

Issuing a statement on Friday, the media watchdog body maintained that the journalist’s arrest over the published content is unlawful. There are legal ways including filing complaints at the PCN or going to the court if one is not happy with the news published through the mass media, PCN Chairman Borna Bahadur Karki said in the statement, reminding that the PCN is the body entrusted with the authority to monitor the online and electronic media.

He further urged the concerned sides to file complaints at the PCN if they found the journalists’ code of conduct breached. “I further urged all the media and journalists to abide by the code of conduct,” Karki said. The media freedom of Nepal is very fragile as media has been engaged in unethical work and there is very weak monitoring mechanism, so, rather than seeking professional treatment people or institution have been taking action against media. Some members of Press Council Nepal also met Panta in the custody and received information about his situation. Meanwhile different media related organizations have expressed reservation over the action taken against Pant.

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