Freedom Forum welcomes the court’s decision to acquit youtuber Santosh Deuja of a cybercrime charge on August 25 in Kathmandu. Deuja is associated with an online news portal www.kapurbot.com and a Youtube channel Kapurbot TV.

Presenter Deuja was arrested on October 2019 under cybercrime following the arrest warrant issued by Kathmandu District Court. He was issued the arrest warrant for broadcasting an interview of local Neelam Sah and her husband on the Youtube channel then.

The court has declared Deuja innocent, stating that the interview was taken after consent from both the sides and the journalist had no intention to defame the couple.

Freedom Forum had provided legal support to Deuja in this case. FF continues to advocate for journalists’ right to free reporting.

The order has proved that the journalist and media persons are repeatedly intimidated, harassed, detained and attacked merely for their right to press freedom and freedom of expression. The laws are misused to harass them. Though Deuja had abided by the journalistic code while discharging his duties, he was falsely implicated and charged of committing crime.

The order, FF believes, has contributed to reducing impunity relating to crimes against journalists.

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