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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Supreme Court stays government action on FM station

[b]Supreme Court stays government action on FM station[/b]

By Bikash Sangraula in Kathmandu

[b]Kathmandu, 28 October, ([/b] Tense developments in Kathmandu eased up Thursday evening after Nepal's Supreme Court issued an interim order preventing the government from revoking the license of a popular FM station, Kantipur FM.

Kantipur FM has been at the epicenter of confrontation between the autocratic government and democrats in Nepal. On October 21, armed policemen raided the FM station at midnight and seized its satellite transmission equipment at gunpoint. The government said it did so because the FM station was not following provisions in the restrictive media ordinance brought out by the government in early October.

On October 23, the FM station filed an appeal at the Supreme Court seeking the return of the seized equipment. While the Supreme Court was yet to start hearings on the appeal, the government sent a letter to the FM station on October 26 threatening to revoke its license. Managing Director of the FM Binod Raj Gyawali filed another appeal at the Supreme Court on October 27 demanding that the government action be stayed.

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