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Nepali journalists firm on demanding scrapping of controversial media bill

Nepali journalists will intensify their agitation against a controversial bill targeting the media and demand its immediate withdrawal, a media organisation has announced. According to the fresh protest programme unveiled on Tuesday by the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), the media professionals will take part in whistle and lantern marches, organise a cartoon exhibition and collect signatures from prominent personalities from all walks of life against the Media Council Bill. The bill which aims at imposing a hefty fine of up to Rs 1 million on media outlets found guilty of damaging anyone s reputation has raised an alarm among journalists who say the government seeks to punish the press in the name of regulation. It is clear that the Media Council Bill is aimed at controlling the media instead of regulating it. FNJ has decided to continue its stringent protest until the bill is withdrawn from Parliament, FNJ General Secretary Ramesh Bista said. He said that signatures of ...

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