To guarantee press freedom, Nepal must amend its new criminal code


first_imgSections 293, 294 and 295 criminalize publishing private information, recording conversations or taking pictures without permission. Under article 306.2, showing “disrespect” towards someone either directly or through satire is also punishable by up to three years in prison. Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story August 17, 2018 To guarantee press freedom, Nepal must amend its new criminal code NepalAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Nepalese authorities to amend several articles in the country’s new criminal code, which took effect today, because they limit the freedom to provide news and information in the public interest. News June 8, 2020 Find out more NepalAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill “We call on the Nepalese authorities to immediately rewrite these provisions because, in their current form, they would seem to constitute an unacceptable censorship tool,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. May 29, 2019 Find out more The preamble of Nepal’s 2015 constitution proclaims full freedom of the press, while article 19 prohibits censorship. Journalists are nonetheless often subjected to pressure from various authorities, as when the head of the supreme court tried to prevent the publication of any reports criticizing him. He was later removed. Nepal is ranked 106th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. “They must take account of the need to be able to gather news and information in the public interest. By leaving too much to the judge’s discretion, these articles could be used to criminalize all investigative journalism and criticism of public figures. If they are not amended quickly, Nepal is liable to fall sharply in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index.” Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage Help by sharing this information Nepal’s media industry has boomed since the monarchy’s overthrow a decade ago after a brutal civil war, spawning dozens of newspapers and TV news channels that have played a key role in the transition towards democracy (photo: Prakash Mathema / AFP). to go further Nepalese journalists could face up to three years in prison if they publish information that is deemed to be “confidential” under the new criminal code. Several of its articles relating to the protection of privacy pose a serious threat to journalistic practices. RSF_en Organisation Receive email alerts Follow the news on Nepal News News News May 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Would you do this for charity? Phil Spencer to climb 8,848 metres in four days on skis


first_imgPhil Spencer has arrived in the Alps to begin training for his latest charity fund-raising attempt to ‘climb Everest’ by ascending slopes in France totalling the same height as the 8,848m Himalayan peak.The Location, Location, Location presenter has told The Negotiator that his initial three-hour training run yesterday in the Three Valleys resort of Meribel was a wake-up call, despite this being his second time around.Spencer says the challenge, which starts in two weeks based from Verbier, will see him complete four three-hour ski touring treks each day for four days, no mean feat for a ‘relatively OK skier’ aged 50.Each day he will climb up to 2,500 metres during gruelling 11-hour days which include up to 20 ascents.“It is a very daunting challenge and to give you some context, I’ll be burning 10,000 calories a day which is the equivalent of three marathons – but the biggest test is the sheer relentlessness of it.”He is doing it with 14 other mates many of whom work on his MoveIQ property reports business, including Nick Sowerbutts, Richard Billington, Tom Golding and James Orme-Smith.Brain Tumour TrustSpencer is raising money for The Brain Tumour Trust which works in the field of paediatric brain tumours, and the TV presenter decided to get involved after the son of friends of his developed the condition.Called Toby Ritchie, his parents decided start fund raising for the charity.Toby was diagnosed with a low grade brain tumour at the age of five. In 2015, his dad – Rob – led a unique and physical demanding challenge – Everest in the Alps – to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity. The events have raised £3m so far.This year Phil is raising money in partnership with Agents Giving, which he is also a patron of. Donate here.Read more about Phil Spencer.Phil Spencer 2020-02-20Nigel LewisAny comments? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Would you do this for charity? Phil Spencer to climb 8,848 metres in four days on skis Would you do this for charity? Phil Spencer to climb 8,848 metres in four days on skis20th February 20200563 Viewslast_img read more