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Under the guise of ‘dark humour’, Nepali meme pages promote racism and misogyny, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 21/06/2019)

How a video of a film review provoked police complaint against a meme page: Free speech advocates and online content creators say powerful people  are misusing criminal laws to curtail freedom of expression, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 02/06/2019), Comedian in police  custody for a video reviewing the film  Bir Bikram 2: Responding to a complaint filed by the film’s director, police detained stand-up comedian Pranesh Gautam on Friday, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 08/06/2019) [A fatal attack on the freedom of opinion!!!], Netizens question freedom of expression as Meme Nepal's Gautam lands in police custody (rep 10/06/2019), In stunning continuation, comedian remains in detention despite widespread calls for his release: Even as #Free Pranesh Gautam was trending on Twitter, prominent filmmakers released a statement supporting the comedian’s arrest, by Bhrikuti Rai and Tsering D. Gurung (kp 13/06/2019) [This is what Oli in his Oxford speech has called 'freedom of opinion'!], Activists protest against arrest of a YouTuber (ht 13/06/2019), Calling a spade a spade: Pranesh simply said what he felt about the movie and is paying a hefty price for that, by Prajita Gupta (kp 14/06/2019), Police say they’re holding comedian Pranesh Gautam in custody for ‘few more days’: The 24-year-old comedian was released from custody on Thursday night but was brought to the court by the police on Friday, after which he was taken back to the police station, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 15/06/2019)

Five arrested in two months for ‘misusing’ social sites against high-level state officials: Detainees are accused of posting contents that police say are deemed ‘indecent’, by Nayak Paudel (kp 22/05/2019)

In Tikapur, social media sites being blamed for child marriages, by Yogesh Rawal  (rep 19/05/2019)

Social media changing the fortunes of new entrepreneurs, by Krishana Prasain (kp 17/05/2019)

Social Media Threats Loom Large, by Niranjan Sahoo (rn 08/05/2019)

‘Bring social networking sites under tax net’ (ht 15/04/2019)

Facebook nation, by Madhu Acharya (nt 12/04/2019), Face-to-face with Facebook (nt 12/04/2019), Nepal is becoming a nation of net addicts: Instead of helping us communicate, the Internet is making Nepalis lonelier, unhappy and unproductive, by Sabina Devkota (nt 1204/2019), Nepalis are drifting to digital media, by Madhu Acharya and Bhumiraj Chapagain (nt 12/04/2019)

Delusion of democracy: The internet, designed to enable the free flow of information, scares governments, by Bimal Pratap Shah (kp 08/04/2019)

Sub-panel formed to prepare IT Bill: t is not meant to control social  media but to regulate it, says  Minister Baskota, by Jagdishor Panday (kp 02/04/2019)

What’s your digital footprint? We are broadcasting our personal message to the real world and collecting likes, loves, emojis and wishes, instead of doing something meaningful, by Mukesh Baral (rep 16/03/2019)

Free the speech: The beauty of the internet is freedom. Let it be, by Bimal Pratap Shah (kp 03/03/2019)

Oppn MPs against harsh punishment for social media posts, by Ashok Dahal (ht 26/02/2019)

Everything you need to know about the government’s new IT bill: In an attempt to regulate the cyberspace, the K P Sharma Oli government is trying to give itself  enormous new powers to curb online content, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 23/02/2019)

Following threats, popular folk singer Sharma pulls video from YouTube: Rights advocates call pressure an attack on freedom of expression, by Anup Ojha and Tika R Pradhan (kp 18/02/2019), Folk singer Pashupati faces YAN music for satirical song, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 18/02/2019), Govt ‘muzzling critical voices under pretext of reasonable restriction’, by Pratik Rimal (rep 18/02/2019), Public uproar on social media after song removed from YouTube (rep 18/02/2019), An offer he couldn’t refuse: Self-censorship is dangerous (kp 19/02/2019), Stop intimidation: What the intimidation tactic has done is given those in the opposition and the angry commoner a platform to hit back at the government (ht 19/02/2019), Go with the flow, not with the gag: The Pashupati Sharma episode exemplifies new media’s potential to lead public discourse even when the government looks keen to set limits, by Mohan Guragain (kp 23/02/2019)

Youth-focussed panel discusses social media, entrepreneurship and freedom of speech, by Timothy Aryal (kp 18/02/2019)

Government set to control social media operation (ht 16/02/2019), Information technology bill: 1.5 million rupees fine, five years jail sentence or both proposed (ht 17/02/2019), Stay out of eco-chamber: In Nepal, social media has not been used for liberal democratic debates. It has become a source to foster large-scale political polarization, by Biranchi Poudyal (rep 17/02/2019)

Criminals exploiting social media to swindle unwary people: Police (ht 14/02/2019)

Govt pushes IT bill to control social media, by Ashok Dahal (rep 14/02/2019)

Bill restricting civil servants from sharing views on social media cause for concern: Experts, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 12/02/2019)

Move against parody accounts a ‘bid to stifle freedom of expression’ (rep 23/01/2019)

Traffic police rely on social media to book rule violators, by Anup Ojha (kp 31/12/2018)

NC leader held for ‘defaming’ Dahal (kp 24/12/2018)

Watch your words: Online harassment is an epidemic that needs to be addressed more seriously (kp 13/12/2018)

More girls being exposed to Facebook abuse, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 11/12/2018)

Social media marketing shines in Nepal market, by Krishana Prasain (kp 27/11/2018)

Kavre schools, colleges shut over student leader’s arrest: NSU leader Krishna Dhakal and journalist Kabiraj Dhakal arrested for posting PM Oli’s distorted photo on Facebook, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 12/11/2018)

ICT in education: If teachers can use social media sites, they can use educational web applications too, by Sagun Shrestha (kp 07/11/2018)

Ministry issues stern social media use policy: Directive bars comments or posts against government, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/11/2018), Social Media Posing Threat To Democracy?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 04/11/2018) [??]

Status update: Social media is likely to promote a dishonest sense of positivity and communication, by Sakhie Pant (kp 28/10/2018)

Clerk fired for sharing Facebook post, by Suresh Yadav (rep 24/09/2018)

Government agencies increases digital presence (kp 03/09/2018)

Rise of digital dystopia: Aided by vague laws, the police can arrest anybody for expressing an opinion online, by Samik Kharel (kp 02/09/2018)

Are celebrities misleading consumers with endorsements on social media?, by Rupak D Sharma (ht 02/08/2018)

Man in police custody for posting bad image of PM on facebook (kp 23/08/2018) [??]

Regulate social media advertising to boost revenue, government told (rep 21/08/2018)

Govt agencies required to use social media (ht 20/08/2018)

Keyboard warriors: Social media should be used for holding constructive debates and not belittling others, by Sagar Bam (kp 05/08/2018)

Governance in the age of social media: The gov’t has to take people’s concerns and aspirations seriously. When there is an exchange of views, democracy thrives through debate and self-correction, by Mohan Guragain (kp 21/07/2018)

Police warn public against misusing social media (kp 28/06/2018)

Life in social media: The attachment and bonding which people used to share when there was no social media is fading away, by Jyoti Sharma (rep 16/06/2018)

Govt sought details of 110 Facebook users in 2017 (kp 23/05/2018)

Cleaning up cyberspaceSocial media has improved lives, but it has also been used to spread disinformation, by Kabi Adhikari (kp 12/07/2017)

Deuba sends social media into frenzy: PM goes blunt on Sajha Sawal, heckles members of the audience, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 04/07/2017)

Our virtual underbelly: Most alarming and disturbing were videos that featured khukuri-wielding youths threatening to behead Shrestha, by Dharma Adhikari (rep 04/07/2017)

Pluralistic publics in the age of social media: All institutions should become capable of extending positive qualities of vibrant Nepali public sphere to the online world, by Pratyoush Onta and Yogesh Raj (kp 03/07/2017)

Social media a strong tool this poll season? Difficult to say it indeed will have an impact on voters: Experts, by Binod Ghimre (kp 10/05/2017), Why social media won’t change anything: We’re still a masu-bhat, raksi and ‘dai ko mama ko party’ type of nation and we tend to vote accordingly, by Gunjan Upadhyay (rep 12/05/2017), It’s party time on the internet: … but still doubtful if the wave of digital campaigning in this local election will translate into votes, by Sonia Awale (nt 12/05/2017)

Persona of news sites: We are always looking for new internet haunts but during our search we often find online tags that are fragmented, jumbled and confusing, by Dharma Adhikari (rep 28/03/2017)

Online media operation code issued (ht 23/03/2017), Writ petition filed at SC against Online Media Directive (rep 27/03/2017)

Prudent Use Of Social Media Platform, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn 31/12/2016)

Post-truth journalism: Let’s wage war against the trend of selling emotions over facts on digital platforms, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp 06/12/2016)

Journalism of ‘Pusti’: Children today are fish in technological waters. Media education should thus be part of the curricula from primary school level, by Dharma Adhikari (rep 06/12/2016)

Social media dangerous, says PM (kp 12/11/2016)

Clear provision to ensure freedom of expression on internet sought, by Shraddha Amatya (rep 03/08/2016)

Govt draws flak for bid to control news sites (kp 18/06/2016), Bid to restrain online media draws flak (kp 20/06/2016), Pressing the freedom: New online media directive could seriously endanger press freedom (kp 20/06/2016), Govt forms team to review online media directive: Govt agrees to form review team after journalists flay the clauses contradicting the constitution (kp 22/06/2016), Nepal’s online revolution: Its residue, by Kundan Aryal (ht 04/07/2016)

Web Of Complexity, by Shyam KC (kp 14/06/2016)

Mediterranean tremors: A coherent policy on integrating all forms of media, including platforms like internet, mobile and social networks is the need of the hour, by Dharma Adhikari (rep 31/05/2016)

Speak your mind: Hallmark of a democracy should be the ease with which it allows proliferation of ideas, however unpalatable, by Pranaya SJB Rana (kp 04/05/2016), Canadian man asked to leave Nepal in 2 days (kp 04/05/2016), Canadian ordered to leave Nepal over tweets (ht 04/05/2016), No one can curb press freedom, says Prez (kp 04/05/2016) [???], Penner moves SC against DoI’s decision (ht 05/05/2016), Tweet that: Politically-charged predators on the prowl to pounce on the next prey with 140 characters, by Bidushi Dhungel (nt 13/05/2016)

Data, the giver: Data on data is a rare commodity here; It is difficult to say how much information we have been able to store, transmit or digitize in Nepal, by Dharma Adhikari (rep 23/02/2016)

The spectre of the social media: It’s difficult to discern how close the correlation is between facts on the ground and fanatical rantings on social media, by Chahana Sigdel (kp 10/10/2015)

Hashtag revolutions: Social media online movements don't always result in real change, by Tsering Dolker Gurung (nt 25/09/2015)

War on the web: The recent spate of inflammatory posts in the aftermath of the Tikapur killings point to an urgent need for social media laws, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp 04/09/2015), Beware of fake news: Inaccurate news of the Kailali killings were an example of how facts can be bent to suit different versions of the truth, by Bhrikuti Rai (nt 04/09/2015), Any means necessary: The media now needs to create a climate for compromise and put the onus back on the political parties, by Bidushi Dhungel (rep 04/09/2015)

Social media proved effective in disaster response: Stakeholders (ht 11/06/2015)

Social media plays crucial role in communication during the national crisis (ht 03/05/2015)

Twitter barbs sting BRB, by Chahana Sigdel (kp 08/04/2015)

Political geography of Nepal’s Twittersphere: About 30,000 tweets that shared links from popular Nepali news websites were mined for this analysis, by Bibek Paudel (nt 27/02/2015)

Social adaptation: As Nepali internet users rise, traditional media will need to change its ways (kp 28/11/2014)

BRB becomes Twitter celebrity (kp 11/11/2014)

Media urged to give voice to the voiceless (ht 01/11/2014)

The media in Nepal: Going digital, by Durga Nath Sharma (ht 17/10/2014)

Whither online media boom?, by Samik Kharel (kp 25/12/2013)

Just getting started: "Digital" may be the signpost from the future; Online journalism has already struck many of our socio-psychological chords deep, by Dharma Adhikari (rep 28/08/2013)

The great divide: In the coming months, it will be really interesting to see how Nepali politicians use social media to woo the youth, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 06/08/2013)

Instant impact: Social Media, by Ishwar Rauniyar (rep 29/07/2013)

Costly aversion: Social media and CA polls, by Arun Rai (rep 04/07/2013)

Press Council to register online news sites soon (nn 24/06/2013)

Social Media, Unsocial Users, by Guna Raj Luitel (sp 31/05/2013)

Social media magnification: Domestic violence and the victimisation of women is not new in our male-directed societies, what is new is the degree to which its magnification through social media can spread solidarity, and potentially trigger policy change, by Kunda Dixit (nt 11/01/2013), The news makers: People set agenda these days, not mainstream media, by Biswas Baral (rep 11/01/2013)

A digital bubble: A three-day seclusion project—the New Media Gufa—looked into the utility of social media in the processes of newsgathering, and its growing impact on our lives, by Nitya Pandey (kp 15/09/2012)

Digital boon: E-bidding, by Dhruba Nepal (rep 28/08/2012)

Online media gaining on traditional forms (kp 02/08/2012)

Social networking sites a powerful medium for change: A large section of the populace is away from online interactive culture while others have failed to exploit it, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 30/05/2012)

New Fronts, Brave Voices: Press Freedom in South Asia 2016-17, by International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), 3 May 2017 [Nepal on pages 72-77]

Nepali news sites and radio streams

other newspapers

UNESCO. 2013. Assessment of media development in Nepal

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