Nepal Criminal Code Trashes Press Freedom

A new Nepal criminal code that came into effect August 17 threatens to severely restrict press freedom in that Himalayan country, according to GIJN member Center for Investigative Journalism, Nepal and Media Action Nepal. The new laws criminalize such journalistic activity as recording and listening to conversations, disclosing private information even on public figures, photographing people without consent, and satirizing "that disrespects an individual." The Committee to Protect Journalists has called for immediate revision of the code, which it brands "a giant step backward for press freedom."

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

Posted on: August 21, 2018

TI Joins Campaign #ProtectJournalists

Transparency International has joined the #ProtectJournalists campaign initiated by Reporters Without Borders and supported by a coalition of more than 130 NGOs and media outlets. The campaign calls for the creation of a special representative of the United Nations Secretary General for the Safety of Journalists. José Ugaz, chair of Transparency International said investigative journalism is the “strongest ally corruption fighters have because journalists expose the corrupt. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 252 journalists have been killed in the past 25 years because they reported on corruption.

Source: Transparency International

Posted on: September 28, 2017

Big Business Tries To Muzzle Indian Journalism

Legal actions are increasingly being used by large corporations to threaten the media into silence in India, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists. The country's outdated media laws include both criminal and civil libel statutes, and they are being abused by powerful companies and individuals.

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

Posted on: October 9, 2014