FNJ issues declaration over amendment of new Act

KATHMANDU: The Federation of Nepali journalist (FNJ) on Saturday issued a declaration seeking amendments to provisions of recently enforced Civil Code and Criminal Code Act.

In a four-point-declaration the umbrella institution of Nepali journalists has called for amendment and revisions of provisions of the law pertaining to freedom of speech and expression.

According to FNJ, provisions and clauses related to crime against the state, public peace, defaming and privacy must be amended and revised immediately as they adversely impact freedom of expression and press freedom .

The institution has strongly condemned the provisions that have criminalised offensive statements carried out through publishing and broadcasting channels while criminalising clause (15) of Press and Publication Act, the declaration statement read.

The declaration was issued in presence of editors, former officials of FNJ in Godavari, Lalitpur.