NEW DELHI — After four months of censored news bulletins on state-run TV, Nepalese viewers are able once again to watch more lively stories from across the border in India.
When King Gyanendra seized absolute power in the Himalayan kingdom and sacked the government Feb. 1, he ordered censorship of the newspapers, banned FM broadcasts and lowered the curtain on Indian news channels.
Earlier this month, the government notified cable companies that they could resume broadcasts of Indian news channels such as Zee and Star.
The ban on commercial channel Nepal One remains. The government believes it is sympathetic to Maoist rebels fighting to install a communist government in the world’s only Hindu kingdom. And the restriction on FM radio continues.
Reporters are constantly being arrested during protest marches for the restoration of press freedoms.