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Journalist arrested under Cyber Crime offence

Chief Editor of www.postpati.com (an online news portal)  Gopal Chand  has been arrested under the charge of Cyber Crime by Metropolitan Police Range,  Cyber Cell  Teku on November 27, 2018. Editor Chand has been arrested by Nepal Police from Manmaiju of Trakeshwor Municipality, Kathmandu.

The editor was arrested for writing fake news in its news portal about the attack on one of the leaders of newly formed Nepal Communist Party. In his news he had covered a story of the attack to the leader by civilian using blunt weapon "Khukuri". The news was fake as no such incident took place. Editor is charged under the section 47 of Electronic Transaction Act- 2008.

FF condemns the step of Nepal Police to charge the editor under cyber crime offence for writing fake news. In Nepal, there is already an established body Press Council which has rightful authority to regulate and check the news content. Directly arresting the editor and charging under the Electronic Transaction Act is condemnable.

FF urges the concerned authority to respect press freedom and drop the criminal charge against the journalist and give the case to Press Council for investigation.

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