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Health ministry warns of taking action against individuals circulating misleading advertisements about health insurance (rep 19/04/2024)

Lies, damn lies and digital media, by Mohan Gajurel (ae 18/04/2024)

TikTok ban costs NTC and Ncell Rs 3 billion in revenue (rep 09/04/2024)

Viber listed as social network in Nepal, Snapchat in the process (rep 14/03/2024)

Weaving Storytelling in Social Media Communication (kh 09/03/2024)

NTA seeks clarification from internet service providers for allowing the operation of TikTok (rep 24/02/2024)

Man arrested for abuse through social media (kh 23/02/2024)

PM Dahal indicates possible lift of TikTok ban upon company compliance (kh 18/02/2024)

Govt introduces revised bill to regulate social media platforms (rep 06/01/2024)

How Does Technology Affect Politics? Social media has disrupted traditional political landscapes, empowering individuals to engage in public discourse like never before, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (rep 04/01/2024)

Comrades, TikTok is the Giga-factory of the 21st Century : The irony deepens as the Communists, once champions of the proletariat, have now assumed characteristics akin to the bourgeoisie, by Bimal Pratap Shah (rep 01/01/2024)

Regulating social media platforms : It should balance empowering users, holding platforms accountable and promoting transparency, by Ujjwal Acharya (kp 24/12/2023)

TikTok Ban: Communist Delusion and Misguided Priorities : Many argue that this move reflects a governance approach steeped in an outdated communist ideology, by Bimal Prartap Shah (rep 22/12/2023)

From TikTok ban to 'Ramailo': Nepalis explore new digital horizons, by Sara Pahari (rep 19/12/2023)

Balancing Freedom Of Expression And Social Media, by Liladhar Upadhyaya (rn 17/12/2023)

Asia Internet Coalition asks government to rethink Nepal’s social media policy : AIC calls for collaboration for practical, clear rules that protect the benefits of internet and keep people safe from harm (kp 10/12/2023)

SEBON to take action against those influencing stock market through Clubhouse and Facebook (rep 10/12/2023)

TikTok initiates registration process in Nepal (kh 05/12/2023)

Hearing of writ petition against TikTok ban put off citing lack of time (kh 05/12/2023)

Communication ministry submits written clarification to SC over TikTok ba : The ministry says the decision to ban TikTok was taken after it became impossible to regulate activities on the social media platform (rep 04/12/2023), PM Dahal indicates potential lift of TikTok ban (kh 04/12/2023)

Tiktok ban: What does it mean for the future of democracy in Nepal? Banning TikTok can be seen as another form of infringing on the right to freedom of speech?, by Pragya Neupane (rep 03/12/2023)

PM Dahal submits written clarification to SC, citing social concerns for TikTok ban (rep 01/12/2023)

Digital platforms responsible for increasing VAWG cases, by Pritam Bhattarai (rn 01/12/2023)

TikTok’s triumph and turmoil in Nepal : The rapid ascent of TikTok has undoubtedly sent shockwaves through long-standing social and information technology giants, prompting speculation about the impact of its meteoric success, by Rabindra Adhikary (ae 30/11/2023)

Government considering banning Snapchat, Tinder, and Telegram (kh 29/11/2023) [Regular, well-founded information about the dangers of these media and monitoring their misuse would make more sense than restricting people's freedoms!]

NTA issues ultimatum to internet service providers regarding TikTok ban compliance (kh 29/11/2023)

On TikTok Ban, by Dixya Poudel (rn 29/11/2023)

Nepal's TikTok Ban : Communism's Clash with the Creative Economy, by Bimal Pratap Shah (rep 28/11/2023)

TikTok ban won’t stop Nepali netizens : Why TikTok was different and what next after the platform was blocked by the government, by Saniaa Shah (nt 24/11/2023)

Nepal Police warns against VPN use for banned TikTok (kh 22/11/2023) [This proves the delusion and incompetence of the Nepalese government. VPN is extremely important for the cyber security of internet users. Should it be banned now, too?]

Idea Jar Company introduces 'Ramailo' App: a feature-packed alternative to TikTok (rep 21/11/2023)

Free speech advocates decry social media directive saying it oversteps Electronic Transactions Act : Government on Monday released the full text of the directive issued on November 10 (kp 21/11/2023)

Stooping too low? We have bridged the digital divide, but the knowledge divide on digital media use is widening, by Dharma Adhikari (kp 20/11/2023)

TikTok Ban Under Scanner, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 19/11/2023), Internet traffic grows sharply in Nepal after TikTok ban : The growth suggests users are exploring loopholes to bypass national restrictions and access the platform, by Krishana Prasain (kp 20/11/2023), Unjustified TikTok ban, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 20/11/2023)

The cost of banning TikTok : Policymakers should focus on regulating content rather than imposing blanket bans, by Roshee Lamichhane (kp 19/11/2023)

Around 70 percent of spending on bandwidth purchase was spent on TikTok: NTA (rep 18/11/2023)

Unraveling the culture and politics of Tiktok : The ban on TikTok poses a challenge and jeopardizes the individual freedoms that the democratic system aims to protect. It might just open a Pandora’s box that we may not want to travel down the path it opens, by Alok K Bohara (nlt 16/11/2023), TikTok expresses concern as debate over its ban rages on : Government seems determined to impose the ban. Critics say the platform should be better regulated, not banned, by Anil Giri (kp 17/11/2023), TikTok ban faces legal firestorm at SC, Preliminary hearing on November 20 (kh 17/11/2023)

Govt decides to shut down TikTok in Nepal (kh 13/11/2023), Did political consensus drive the govt’s ban on TikTok in Nepal? (kh 14/11/2023), Ban on TikTok is violation of constitutional freedom: Stakeholders (kh 14/11/2023), PM Dahal justifies TikTok ban as measure to tackle social chaos (kh 14/112023)

Nepal implements new regulations for social media platforms, makes it mandatory for them to register with govt within three months (rep10/11/2023), What not to do on social media? Govt unveils a long list (ae 10/11/2023)

Moderating Social Media Instigation, by Hari Shrestha (rn 09/11/2023)

Govt tightening grips against Chinese social media app Tiktok (kh 05/11/2023), TikTok and beyond : The regulation of the social media site was due. But it should not be a pretext to suppress free speech (kp 07/11/2023)

Social Media: A Seedbed for Juvenile Delinquency, by Diwakar Dhakal (rep 25/09/2023)

Harrowing reality of online exploitation among children (ae 31/08/2023), Children at risk of sexual misbehavior through internet: Study (ae 31/08/2023)

Political parties struggle to curb cadres’ social media activity : Attempts to discourage open discussions won’t help democracy, in view of experts, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 08/08/2023)

Breaking bad on social media!, by Prerana Marasini (ae 31/07/2023)

Why Tootle failed in Nepal : There are lessons to be learned from this revolutionary ride-sharing app, which offers valuable lessons about the importance of legal compliance, user-centric app development, by Pranab Malla (nlt 31/07/2023)

Influencer marketers leave celebrities behind : Businesses see social media as an efficient way to advertise their products and services, by Subin Adhikari (kp 27/07/2023)

A digital pact to counter online hate : We need a common understanding that paves the way to a Digital Pact that the government at all levels should promote in partnership with other stakeholders, by Simone Galimberti (nlt 16/07/2023)

An app for everything : People are downloading so many apps, it is important to be mindful and set usage limits, by Roshee Lamichhane (kp 11/06/2023)

Lure of easy money leads Nepalis into traps of online fraudsters : The scams mainly take place through social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or through websites such as Google and Yahoo!, by Anup Ojha (kp 25/04/2023)

TikTok Live being used to lure clients for sex massage : Spa operators say just around three dozens of around 400 centres in Kathmandu Valley offer ethical services for mental and physical wellness. The rest are into shady business, by Anup Ojha (kp 05/04/2023)

Question of morality: President Bhandari converts official Twitter account into personal : The official handle of the President’s office now has been renamed to @bidyadbhandari (nlt 18/03/2023) [???]

Digital platforms account for rampant cases of violence: Report (rn 08/03/2023)

Insensitivity on social media, by Cilla Khatry (ae 03/03/2023)

Police nab a youth for defrauding US-based Nepali national online : In the past six months, 560 complaints of hacking social media accounts have been reported. Nearly 80 percent of them involve Facebook users, by Anup Ojha (kp 11/02/2023)

New media takes citizens’ engagement in political discourse to new level : Political leaders find it easier to communicate their ideas to a wider audience through social media, which has ‘democratised’ discourse but also fuelled polarisation, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 06/02/2023)

ikTok becoming a new platform for online gambling in Nepal : Police say they find it hard to arrest gamblers, who use fake identities, by Anup Ojha (kp 22/01/2023)

Doctored images and out-of-context videos spread misinformation during Nepal elections (kh 13/12/2022)

Most women journalists face online violence: Study. Facebook Messenger is the most commonly used platform for online abuse, according to the report prepared by Media Advocacy Group, by Anup Ojha (kp 01/12/2022)

Fighting Fake News For Fair Polls, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 23/10/2022)

Election Commission joins hands with social media giants to rein in misinformation : Officials working with Facebook, Twitter and TikTok on fake news, monitoring ad spending, by Anup Ojha (kp 15/102022)

Digital services provided by foreign firms to be taxed from tomorrow : Digital service providers such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix and others will have to register in Nepal from July 17, officials say, by Pawan Pandey (kp 16/07/2022)

CIB request public to be aware of fraudulent acts on social media (rep 25/06/2022)

The double-edged sword of social media : People are spending more time in the digital world for social credit and revenue. As a result, infomedic is rapidly spreading, by Diwakar Dhakal (nlt 18/06/2022)

Impact Of Social Media On Journalism, by Aashish Mishra (rn 18/06/2022)

Social Media Spur Communicative Action, by Kundan Aryal (rn 10/06/2022)

Internet addiction: Nepali students locked down in virtual world : With the increasing penetration of the internet, the active number of people, especially youths, is also on the rise. Despite knowing the consequences of excessive social media use, youths are caught up in the internet, by Sakshi Srivastav (nlt 31/05/2022)

Regulating social media during election silence period to be challenge (kh 10/05/2022)

Season of lies : The range of dissemination possible in the social media age helps amplify false information (kp 06/05/2022)

Election infowar goes digital : Social media, more than the mainstream press, now has the power to make or break candidates, by Ramesh Kumar (nt 06/05/2022)

Digital discrimination : Increasing internet and social media use fosters exchange and visibility, but comes with its own dangers, by JB Biswokarma (nt 06/05/2022)

Addressing gender violence in cyberspace, by Prasansha Rimal (rec 24/03/2022)

Govt not trying to control individually-run YouTube channels: Secretary Dr Aryal (rep 16/03/2022)

A song that took the country by storm : Prakash Saput’s music video portrays the disillusionment of former Maoist fighters while depicting the real story of society, observers say, by Anup Ojha (kp 15/03/2022) [watch song video], Too close to the bone : Perhaps there's more truth in the song than what politicians want us to believe (kp 16/03/2022) [Definitely! The Maoists have waged a militant people's war. Since then, their leaders have forgotten their former concerns just as they now deny their former rank and file who had to do the dirty work for them.], Singer Saput censors 'Pir' video (rep 20/03/2022)

Will Netflix/YouTube Apply for license to operate in Nepal?, by Suman Siwakoti (rep 10/03/2022)

Youtubers Pariyar and Chiluwal arrested (kh 09/03/2022)

Misinformation, disinformation, false news and trial by social media : Unchecked false and fake news and videos are rife online and they can affect investigations as well as harm the victims, experts say, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 07/03/2022), Gravitating to your biases : People don’t seem to find or look for news anymore; instead, it’s the news that finds them (kp 08/03/2022)

Home Ministry warns of action against fake news spreaders (kh 05/03/2022)

Nepal’s social media platforms are full of false information and sensational content regarding MCC grants. Is it disinformation for clickbait or organized propaganda?, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 21/02/2022), De-sensationalizing the MCC debate : Media and social media have a very important role to play when it comes to spreading knowledge and awareness about the MCC Compact, by Sudeep Uprety (nlt 22/02/2022)

Govt warns of action against those posting photos, videos in social media platforms without consent (rep 28/01/2022)

Face-to-face to counter Facebook : How Nepal can develop ‘herd immunity’ against disinformation, lies and propaganda on social media, by Sakar Pudasaini (nt 03/12/2021)

Prior permission mandatory for advertising goods on social networking sites (kh 27/10/2021)

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram resume services after six hours (kh 05/10/2021)

Social media: Promote ethical journalism, by Bharat Chand (ht 22/09/2021)

Police complaint filed against misinformation about MCC on social media (kh 19/09/2021)

Police personnel barred from using TikTok, other social media (rep 18/09/2021)

Social Sites Turn Simulacra, by Kundan Aryal (rn 03/09/2021)

Social Media: Activism or amusement? Social media generally holds nothing beyond entertainment value for many, by Ameesha Rayamajhi (kp 29/08/2021)

One arrested for misusing photo of President, PM (kh 25/07/2021)

Press Council’s censure of social media posts draws condemnation, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 27/06/2021)

Mansplaining, misogyny, and trolling on Clubhouse, by Nirvana Bhandary (rec 24/06/2021)

Clubhouse of Nepal : Social media app Clubhouse is sparking the vital political and social debates that the pandemic had made impossible, by Biswas Baral (ae 10/06/2021)

Police warn against social media misuse (kh 07/06/2021)

Fact Check: Is this elderly woman applauding the increase in old-age allowance? (kh 04/06/2021)

Police misbehaviour with citizens under scanner, thanks to social media, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 03/06/2021)

Youths using social media for better utilisation of resources amid COVID crisis (ht 08/05/2021)

Social media comes to the rescue of some in search of Covid-19 treatment : Platforms dedicated to help those in need of beds, oxygen, therapeutics  have sprung up as the strain on the healthcare system grows, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 03/05/2021)

Prospects Of Social Media, by Kundan Aryal (rn 26/02/2021)

Draft directives to regulate social media give authorities power to define decency : Provisions of the directives, to be enforced by the Department of Information Technology, are from the controversial Information Technology Bill which is in Parliament., by Bijay Timalsina (kp 13/02/2021), New directives to control online media worry free speech proponents (ht 13/02/2021)

New directives to regulate media, social networking sites in offing (ht 10/02/2021) [Media censorship in preparation!]

NC demands immediate release of its cadre arrested for criticising NCP leader Mahesh Basnet on Facebook (rep 31/12/2020)

Extensive Use Of Digital Media, by Dixya Poudel (rn 04/11/2020)

Nepal Police HQ directs Cyber Bureau to take action against rapper ‘Vten’ (rep 29/10/2020), Patan High Court bars arrest of “Vten” on charge of promoting vulgar language (rep 03/11/2020)

Man arrested for running offensive Facebook page (ht 18/10/2020)

Governing YouTubers To Curb Fake Information, by Harsha Man Maharjan (rn 03/10/2020)

Ruling party calls on cadres to stop criticising its policies on social media : Leaders and analysts see this as a step to  shrink democratic space within the party as well  as the larger society and it will be opposed, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 11/09/2020) [The extremely bad policies of the so-called party leaders must urgently be criticised by the cadres as well. It is the duty of every concerned democrat!]

Only one percent Nepalis trust social media platforms: Survey (rep 08/06/2020)

One held for posting PM’s morphed photo (ht 16/05/2020)

Social Media Emerging As Primary Source Of News For COVID-19, by Aashish Mishra (rn 14/05/2020)

Cyber Bureau arrests journo for social media post (ht 01/05/2020)

Former secy arrested for cyber offence (ht 24/04/2020), Freedom Forum concerned (ht 24/04/2020), Attorney’s office file a court case against former government secretary Upadhyaya for cyber crime: Upadhyaya was arrested for his critical comments against the Oli government on his social media, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 27/04/2020), It's a free country: The government must remember it is serving a democratic country where people have a voice (kp 27/04/2020), Former secy charged with ‘defaming govt, prime minister’ (ht 27/04/2020), Former secy Upadhyay’s arrest shows govt hell-bent on silencing critics (rep 27/04/2020)

Social media influencers have power, and now is time to exercise it responsibly: Given the impact social media influencers have on people and their information-disseminating prowess, they may now be more powerful than ever, by Ankit Khadgi (kp 28/03/2020)

Fighting the virus of fake news in the time of coronavirus: Social media users should exercise prudence and control their urge to share information on various platforms, experts say, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 22/03/2020)

House panel’s letter to police reflects lawmakers’ low understanding of law and court rulings: Public Accounts Committee breached its jurisdiction by instructing police to book two people for cybercrime, legal experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/02/2020)

Ad agencies want cards worth upto $5,000 to pay for social media posts: Nepal’s commercial banks are currently allowed to provide foreign currency exchange of upto $3,000 to ‘service importers’, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/02/2020)

Here’s how the popular Routine of Nepal Banda runs: The page started as an outlet to disseminate information on bandas. But today, with more than 1.5 million likes on Facebook and 600,000 followers on Instagram, it is changing the way Nepalis consume news, by Ankit Khadgi (kp 19/02/2020)

Social media is unsocial, by Looniva Rajbhandari (rep 14/01/2020)

Bill allows govt to shut down unregistered social media sites (rep 06/01/2020)

Youtube becoming a learning platform for school teachers, by Dinesh Subedi (kp 18/11/2019)

After disputes over editing, Wikipedia disables further editing on Kalapani entry: Citizens from India and Nepal were found making over 100 attempts to edit the “Kalapani Territory” page following last week’s development, by Pawan Pandey (kp 14/11/2019)

CM Shahi fails to implement ban on social media in govt offices, by Ganesh Bishu (rep 19/10/2019)

Finding fame, and the right words, on the right social medium: After a global takeover by Instagram poets, Nepali poets are now making their way to the social media platform, by Sweksha Karna (kp 18/10/2019)

Social media users welcome Xi, criticize govt for ignoring public, by Priyanka Adhikari (rep 13/10/2019)

Pushpa Kamal Dahal wants people to restrain themselves on social media: Analysts say Dahal’s statement might be indicative of the current government’s intention of controlling social media, by Tika R. Pradhan and Bhrikuti Rai (kp 29/09/2019) [What would it be like if the top politicians held back a little more from their power struggles and finally tackled what they were elected for?]

Press Council wants to monitor journalists’ social media use because it wants them to be ‘role models’: Amendments to the Journalist Code of Conduct could stifle journalists’ freedom of expression on social media, rights advocates say, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 27/09/2019)

On social media, Nepalis are forever at war: This week, the video of Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai’s entourage delaying a flight, has enraged people on all sides of the aisle, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 17/09/2019), Statements by ruling party’s youth wing against democratic values, analysts say: Both the NCP and the central body of Yuwa Sangh appeared to distance themselves from the district chapters’ statements, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 17/09/2019)

How young videographers are breaking the mould: With the rise of social media and increase in demand for sleek online videos, young people are taking videography as a full-time profession, by June Karkee (kp 16/09/2019)

Youngsters increasingly taking to social media for confessions (rep 09/09/2019)

Away from a society that judges, Nepali women are turning to Facebook for help: Thousands of Nepali women have joined closed—and secret—Facebook groups in search of solidarity, friendship and safe space, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 29/07/2019)

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)

Documents / Websites

Reporters without Borders on Nepal

Internet censorship worldwide 2021, by comparitech

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

UNESCO. 2013. Assessment of media development in Nepal

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