Journalists have supposedly streesed the need to regulate internet and online journalism to curb the violation of freedom of expression.
They aired their views at a discussion in the capital. The meeting was called in response to the Nepal Telecommunication Authority asking ISPs to filter internet content.
According to the Electric Transaction Act 2006, ISPs should restrict storing, disseminating, broadcasting web sites containing pornography, horror and extreme violence.
However, pornography, horror, communal violence and contempt of court are not well-defined, according to lawyers Santosh Sigdel and Baburam Aryal, who jointly presented papers on Freedom of Expression on Cyberspace and Internet Regulation in Nepal
Sigdel and Aryal said: filtering web content without clear legal provision might violate freedom of expression and breach the right to privacy.
There was agreement that web content should only be censored after a clear legal definition of the acts and regulations; otherwise, it may create chaos.