KATHMANDU: Main oppsition party Nepali Congress leader Puspa Bhusal has criticized that the bill regarding Media Council is against the spirit of constitution.
Speaking in the meeting of House of Representative Congress leader Bhusal asked the government to withdraw the bill as soon as possible. She further said that the bill presented by the government in parliament limits the freedom of press. Stating that the media council bill has created terror for fedral democratic republican system, she accused the government of dragging the country towards authoritarianism system.
The bill regarding Media Council has proposed to impose a fine of up to Rs 1 million on media outlets, editors, publishers and journalists if they are found guilty of damaging someone’s reputation. It also proposes punishment for violating the code of conduct which includes suspending press pass of mediapersons and downgrading the classification of print media outlets.
The bill also proposes to form a committee under a government secretary to recommend the chairperson of Nepal Media Council, which stakeholders say will relegate the Nepal Media Council to a branch of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
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