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Last Updated: Mon, 24.06.13 16:05

Press Council to register online news sites soon

Nepal Press Council has said that it is preparing to issue a public notice calling on all online news websites to register themselves with the the monitoring body.

It has now become necessary to bring online new sites under the council's ambit as three online journalists were recently arrested in the Capital solely for what they published on their websites, said members of the council.

Metropolitan Police Range Hanumandhoka last week arrested three online journalists accusing them of defaming Dillibazaar Kanya Multiple Campus by 'writing indecent content'.

"The three journalists were arrested and charged using the Electronic Transactions Act. Authorities misused the legislation to take action against journalists," said mediapersons present at the pogramme.

They said that if the journalists concerned breached the council's code of conduct, the council -- not the police -- should take action against them.

"The council will soon issue a public notice calling on all online news sites to register themselves with us," said Council chief Borna Bahadur Karki. "We will hold discussions with online journalists to finalise the details." nepalnews.com