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The World Association of Press Council is up in arms against a decision by the Nepalese Government to

endorse a bill in parliament to curtail the freedom of press and expression, which is against the constitutional provision of the people and press.

In a statement released by its Secretary General, Chris Coneybeare following the adoption of the Contempt of Court Bill on June 23, 2014, WAPC appealed for worldwide solidarity with the Nepalese people in opposing the oppressive legislation which it described as a threat to democracy.

“This pending legislation will undermine Nepal’s quest for democracy and curtail basic human rights”, the WAPC maintains and emphasizes that freedom of Communication is essential to democracy and is a basic human right, as enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” WAPC said in the statement.

It quotes a provision of the Article 19 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights which states- “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.

WAPC points out that the proposed legislation is vague, overbroad, and threatens penalties against any and all who raise criticisms of the courts. WAPC Secretary General, Conybeare describes it as an affront to the basic needs of democracy to suggest that the courts and judiciary are above the law!

The people have a basic human right to criticize and question operations and conduct of all branches of government.

The people of Nepal have struggled hard in the pursuit of democracy, the WAPC notes, and this regressive law should be discarded to honor their aspirations.

The WAPC is an international association of press and media councils that have pledged to uphold ideals of freedom of communication, independent media, and excellence in journalism and its executive council is made up of representatives from Hawaii (USA), India, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Pakistan, Seychelles, Tanzania, Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

The Executive Secretary of the Media Council (MCT) Kajubi Mukajanga is the current President of WAPC.

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