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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 106

Supreme Court says radio can air BBC Nepali Service

[b]Supreme Court says radio can air BBC Nepali Service[/b]

[b] Kathmandu, 08 December, ([/b] Nepal’s Supreme Court ordered the government Wednesday to stop action against Radio Sagarmatha and let it resume BBC Nepali Service broadcast, according to a statement issued by the radio station.

A division bench of Justices Khilraj Regmi and Damador Prasad Sharma issued a stay order against government action in response to a writ petition filed in December 02 by the radio station, the statement said.

Government officials, aided by security personnel, forced the radio station to shut down on November 27. The security personnel also seized transmission equipment from the radio station. The government action came on the day BBC Nepali Service broadcast a telephone interview with Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, aka Prachanda. The radio’s station manager Ghamaraj Luintel said that the station had decided not to broadcast the interview.

On November 29, the court ruled that FM stations in the country can carry news broadcasts. However, the FM station had not been allowed to broadcast BBC Nepali service.

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