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News portal blocked for news on security official

A news portal newssewa.com operated from Kathmandu has been blocked since 11:00 pm February 3, over the news published on the portal.

Talking to Freedom Forum's Media Monitoring Desk, Editor of the news portal, Bishnu Pokhrel, said, "News about a senior police official was published on the website few days ago, entitling- Deputy Inspector General (DIG)'s of Nepal Police activities to hide own misdeeds. Following this, on 3rd February, a police constable visited the office and threatened why the Editor published news about senior police official. The website was blocked the same night." 

Moreover, Editor Pokhrel explained that the internet service provider informed him that Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police had directed (internet service provider) to block the portal.
Meanwhile, when Freedom Forum inquired Nepal Telecommunications Authority Director Cum Information Officer Mr. Purushottam Khanal about the website blocking, he stated that the news portal was blocked as per the order issued from CIB, but if the website was registered at Nepal Press Council NTA would lift the blocking.

Later, the NTA was learnt to have blocked two more news portals- arthiknews.com and karnalikhabar.com.

Press Council Nepal confirmed that the news portal was registered there.

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