This is a policy brief of Freedom Forum's review on Statistics Bill through Open data perspectives. (खुला तथ्यांकको परिप्रेक्ष्यमा फ्रिडम फोरमले तयार गरेको तथ्यांक विधेयकको विश्लेषण पत्र)
FF has submitted 27 points recommendations by reviewing the Mass Communication Policy of Gandaki province to parliamentarians of Gandaki province assembly. FF has dragged attention towards provisions which are detrimental to the functioning of journalism effectively and efficiently. FF found that excessive authority is given to levy hefty punishments to some authorities which can easily be misused and are against the notion of the principle of natural justice, which discourages the journalism in the modern digital era.
Freedom Forum made the review of the Nepal Special Service Bill introduced in the parliament-secretariat by Prime Minister and Cabinet's Office on 30th Dec 2019. The study and review of the bill revealed that the provision of 'interception' was damaging to free reporting. It would foment self-censorship among journalists; pose a serious risk to source protection and kills investigative reporting. Therefore, FF strongly recommended the federal parliament to amend the concerned provisions. FF submitted the proposed amendments and policy briefs on the Act to influential lawmakers in both the upper and lower houses of the federal parliament. The bill, registered on 30 Dec, was a matter of concern for various media institutions, editors, media-related CSO and other stakeholders as the provisions were against the right to privacy, subsequently affecting adversely the right to freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution.
Per Neuburger, an intern at Freedom Forum has presented his idea on Nepal's Media Council Bill comparing it with Media Council Bill of Denmark, India, South Korea and UK
Freedom Forum has submitted a review report on Media Management Bill-Province 3 to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Law of Province 3, Provincial Affairs Committee of the Assembly, Assembly Members and other stakeholders. The bill has presumed to protect and promote freedom of opinion and expression, communication and right to information along with regulating the managerial aspect of media outlets. Most of the Provincial Affairs Committee members appreciate this initiation of FF which has backed them a lot while finalizing the bill during assembly discussion. FF has reviewed this bill being based on the international standard of Freedom of Expression, Media Law and the Constitution of Nepal.