Kathmandu, Nepal, April 2, 2020: The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), the only representative umbrella organization of the Nepalese journalists, has on Thursday strongly objected to the incident of removing news item by hacking the news site of kathmandupress.com.
Issuing a press release on Thursday, the FNJ has accused the Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's political and press advisors for exerting pressure on a software company to delete a news item published in the Kathmandu-based online news portal kathmandupress.com.
The private software company runs by Asgar Ali, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s information technology consultant, and Ali’s business partner Biswas Dhakal has been accused of removing the news content by hacking into the news site, kathmandupress.com.
In the press release, the FNJ has stated that the news item was removed and the online portal was suspended for the time being apparently under the pressure from the PM's political and press advisors.
Serious attention is drawn towards the incident of deleting news content from the online news portal under the pressure of Prime Minister Oli's secretariat, reads the press release.
Removing news content by hacking the online portal goes against the principle of press freedom as enshrined in the constitution, states the statement further adding that such acts goes against the spirit of constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of expression and universal values of free press.
The FNJ has also urged the government to take action against those involved in the incident.
Likewise, news portal, kathmandupress.com has also condemned the incident of removing the news by issuing a press statement at the same day on Thursday.