Kathmandu – The Press Council Nepal (PCN) has sought explanation from 36 media outlets flouting the journalists code in course of reporting on the coronavirus pandemic-related incidents during the period from March 23 to 30. Stating complaints have been received that 17 web portals not registered as per the Online Media Operation Guidelines, 2073 BS, (First Amendment, 2074 BS) have been continuously disseminating content spreading rumours and the same has also been established through own monitoring, PCN said arrangements have been made so that only such web portals would not be allowed to publish and broadcast within Nepal.
The Press Council has also refuted what it said false publicity that some online media have been closed and barred from operating within Nepal merely for publishing and disseminating news related to the coronavirus pandemic. In this connection, it cited Clause 3, Sub-clause (4) of the Guidelines which states that online media cannot be operated without registering. It also referred to the Clause 10 (A) and (B) of the same. Clause (A) states that content that is prohibited for publication and dissemination as stipulated in the Constitution of Nepal and the existing laws.