IJCH 2017 Vol.3(1): 56-62 ISSN: 2382-6177
doi: 10.18178/ijch.2017.3.1.078

Standard Review of Freedom of Expression and Censorship in Nepal

Narayan Datta Kandel
Abstract—It was expected that the recent political and constitutional transformations will lead to the institutionalisation of liberal democracy in Nepal. This in turn was to lead to the freedom of expression, an essential tool for the effective participation in any democratic process. This paper will seek to offer i) historical analysis of the existence or otherwise of the freedom of expression in the constitutional and the legislative framework in Nepal ii) an analysis of the loopholes and anomalies in the new Constitutional and legislative framework which have led to the increasing restriction of the freedom of expression through censorship in the country, iii) will try to show that democracy and peace in Nepal can’t be secured, at least in the long run, without the constitutional and legislative guarantee of the freedom of expression.

Index Terms—Freedom of expression, media, censorship, reasonable restriction, freedom of information, limitation on freedoms, democracy, effective participation, justification of censorship.

Narayan Datta Kandel is with Queen's University Belfast, UK (e-mail: kandeln2015@gmail.com).


Cite: Narayan Datta Kandel, "Standard Review of Freedom of Expression and Censorship in Nepal," International Journal of Culture and History vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 56-62, 2017.

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