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Media Council Bill Policy Brief

The government of Nepal has proposed a new Bill Related to the Amendment and Integration of Laws Related to Nepal Media Council, which will replace the existing Press Council Act 1992. The Bill envisions a new Media Council with an objective to develop and promote healthy, independent, respectable and responsible journalism while maintaining professional ethics of journalism. The new Bill with its stringent provisions has raised alarms among media professionals and other stakeholders. There are several sections in the Bill that establishes the Council as an entity powerful enough to impose hefty fines on media, while some sections puts the independence of the Council at risk. The Bill, if implemented in its current form, will have severe consequences on press freedom in Nepal.

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