Writ petition filed against renewal of online media

A writ petition has been filed at Supreme Court demanding that it repeal the supply of renewal of online media per annum .

Journalists and advocates duo Leelanath Ghimire and Bishnu Giri ‘Nischal’ on Monday had filed the writ against the annual renewal of internet-based media.

The petitioners argued that the directive to suppress online media (digital newspapers) being run after getting registered at Department of data and Broadcasting was contradictory to the constitution, and therefore the constitution and media laws have the supply that registration of newspapers isn’t scrapped.

The SC has scheduled the hearing for tomorrow.

The Online Media Operation Directive (First Amendment), 2074 however has as long as the web media needs renewal. And if it’s not renewed, its registration is scrapped by Department of data and Broadcasting.

The advocates further reminded that preamble of the constitution of Nepal has mentioned full press freedom. Similarly, Article 17, Article 19 and Article 27 of the constitution have the provisions concerning press freedom and therefore the right to information.

The rights enshrined by the constitution might be made systematic by making laws, said advocate Giri, adding that the directive, however, can’t suppress media with the supply that’s not within the law.

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