31 March 2009
An Agenda for Change, a joint ARTICLE 19, Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) and Freedom Forum (FF) publication setting out a comprehensive programme for freedom of expression reform in
“ARTICLE 19, FNJ and Freedom Forum strongly condemn these amendments,” said Dharmendra Jha, President of FNJ. “This demonstrates the attitude of government and proves that it is not committed to promoting freedom of expression despite having made a commitment to this on many occasions.”
The major problems with the amendments are as follows:
- The regime of prior censorship – including in relation to licensing, producing, importing and releasing films – are more onerous than before.
- Only Nepali citizens may own cinemas and the equipment they use.
- Nepali and foreign films may not be released on the same day in the same cinema.
- The government has more power over the release and distribution of film.
ARTICLE 19, FNJ and FF call on the Nepalese authorities to abolish these regressive provisions on film regulation and instead to put in place a system for film regulation which respects international and constitutional guarantees for freedom of expression, in accordance with the recommendations in the Agenda for Change.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- An Agenda for Change: The Right to Freedom of Expression in Nepal is available in English at: http://www.article19.org/pdfs/publications/nepal-agenda-for-change.pdf.
- नेपालमा अभिव्यत्कि स्वतन्त्रताको अधिकार र परिवर्तनका कार्यसुची: http://www.article19.org/pdfs/publications/nepal-agenda-for-change-nepali.pdf
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