Ytringsfrihet og sensur i NepalPhoto: Mohan Khadka on Unsplash

Freedom of expression and censorship in Nepal

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New voices, new threats

Saturday 21. March 2020, at 13:00 until at 15:30 – Avlyst

Venue: Amalie Skram

Host: Norge-Nepalforeningen

Entrance: Free entry

Nepal’s recent history is characterized by violent incidents, which have torn communities apart and made the nation vulnerable to internal turmoil. From 1996 to 2006, the Maoists fought against the monarchy and the government forces in a civil war that hit widely and killed thousands in the countryside. According to Amnesty International, the authorities during this period restricted freedom of expression, organizational freedom, freedom of the press and the right to privacy. Now, the monarchy is abolished and the new republic established. What is the status of freedom of expression in the young Nepalese republic?

In recent years, and after the civil war, previously marginalized voices have found ways to take part in Nepal’s public debates. At the same time, we see restriction on other voices in different form of media. Since the current government came to power in 2018, at least six journalists have been imprisoned. In the fall of 2019, a number of legislative amendments that would limit legal expressions in social media and other forums, such as the Media Council Bill, were proposed. One of these laws was passed in January 2020. These recent developments have created worries and protests in a country with a proud tradition of activism. What does the future look like for freedom of expression in Nepal?

 

The Norway-Nepal Association invites to talks and a panel debate at the House of Literature in Oslo, March 21st, from 1-3pm. The event is funded by Fritt Ord.

There will be presentations from Prateek Pradhan, former editor of Kathmandu Post and now leader of 12khari.com, a critical media blog and a leading voice in the current debates in Nepal, and Taranath Dahal, journalist and leader of Freedom Forum Nepal, a network working with freedom of expression.

Kristin Skare Orgeret, professor of journalism at OsloMet and Samiksha Koirala, Nepalese journalist and media researcher with a PhD in journalism at OsloMet will comment on the presentations.

 

There will also be time for questions from the audience.

Heidi Fjeld, Norway-Nepal Association will chair the meeting.

Snacks will be served.

 

De senere årene, og etter borgerkrigen, har tidligere marginaliserte stemmer kommet til orde i Nepals offentlighet. Samtidig ser vi en innskrenkning av andre stemmer. Minst seks journalister er fengslet siden den sittende regjering tok over makten i 2018. Høsten 2019 kom det forslag til en rekke lovendringer som vil begrense lovlige ytringer i sosial medier og andre forum, og i januar ble en av disse lovene vedtatt. Dette har skapt stor uro i et land med en stolt aktivismetradisjon. Hvordan ser fremtiden ut for ytringsfrihet i Nepal?

 

Norge-Nepalforeningen inviterer til foredrag og paneldebatt på Litteraturhuset i Oslo, 21. mars, kl. 13.00-15.00. Arrangementet er støttet av Fritt Ord.

 

Det blir innlegg fra Prateek Pradhan, tidligere redaktør av Kathmandu Post og nå leder av 12khari.com, en kritisk medieblog i Nepal, og Taranath Dahal, journalist og leder av Freedom Forum Nepal.

 

Kristin Skare Orgeret, professor i journalistikk ved OsloMet, og

Samiksha Koirala, nepalsk journalist og medieforsker med PhD i journalistikk fra OsloMet kommenterer.

Det vil også åpnes for spørsmål fra publikum.

Møteleder: Heidi Fjeld, Norge-Nepalforeningen

 

Lett servering.