JANUARY 17, 2009 The police administration under the Home Ministry banned the show of a documentary film entitled “Greater Nepal: Search for Frontier”. A team of police from Kalimati police circle prevented Dirghjivi Swoyamsebak Samuha, a volunteer group from demonstrating the documentary in a hall of World Trade Centre in Tripureswor, Kathmandu on January 10, Saturday.
The police team banned the demonstration saying that it was the order from top brass. The demonstration was put to an end after Foreign Ministry wrote Home Ministry to not allow the show of documentary with the pressure created from Indian Embassy in Nepal, according to Ghatana Ra Bichar, a weekly vernacular published from the capital. Commenting the ban imposed on the documentary,
Chairperson of Integrated Nepal Nation Front Fadindra Nepal said the incident has created such a situation that Nepal can be no longer considered a sovereign and independent country. It was a straight violation of Nepali people’s rights and right to information, he said, adding he would go for legal fight against the ban.
Freedom Forum condemns the ban on the demonstration of documentary saying that it blatantly violates freedom of expression and asks the government to allow the show in an unobstructed manner. The action taken by the government does not respect people’s right to know and is a deplorable imposition.
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