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Press Council takes action against 34 YouTube channels


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2022 Aug 31, 21:20, kathmandu
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Press Council Nepal (PCN), the media content regulatory body, has recommended action against 34 YouTube channels with Nepal Police's Cyber Bureau reasoning that they acted against the code of conduct in a year.

The PCN made such recommendations on July 16, 2021, till date. The PCN argued that it recommended action against the YouTube channels because they were creating incitement, spreading misleading information and fake news, disrupting social harmony, and disseminating information that strains international goodwill and brotherhood among friendly countries.

The PCN has been taking action against the YouTube channels that the can violate citizen's privacy, affect adjudication on the cases sub judice in court, and further victimize the victims.

Issuing a press statement on Wednesday, the deputy administrative officer at PCN, Ram Sharan Bohara, said lately, 'Birgorkhali' YouTube channel has been recommended for action after it was found to have spread the content that are against social harmony, and religious and ethnic tolerance. With this, several YouTube channels facing PCN's action reached 34 in a year.

He informed that the 'Birgorkhali' channel had been spreading baseless accusations and invectives against political leaders including Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and leader of the chief opposition party, KP Sharma Oli. It was penalized for using hatred and invectives against political leaders.

Although it has been disseminating news daily, it was not registered in any government agency, PCN added.

Bohara further stated that the presenter on YouTube put forth his views in a sponsored manner, put forth questions, casting aspersions on the leaders which could incite the public. Due to such reason, the Cyber Bureau of Nepal Police had to be written for action, he added.

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