Expressing profound concern, the Digital Freedom Coalition, in collaboration with more than 30 civil society organizations, condemns the government’s decision to impose a blanket ban on TikTok. This collective denunciation characterizes the move as a direct violation of the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and access to information, as enshrined in the constitution of Nepal.
The joint press release highlights the indispensable role of social media platforms in nurturing democratic discourse, fostering economic opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses, unveiling income prospects for hidden talents and artists, and cultivating creativity. It emphasizes the disproportionate nature of the ban, underscoring its potential to hinder freedom of expression and impede access to modern tools essential for financial independence.
The coalition urges the government to reconsider this decision, advocating for the resolution of contentious content through existing legal frameworks while upholding the constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of expression and access to information. Representing a diverse spectrum of digital rights advocacy groups, the signatories, including the Digital Freedom Coalition and other civil society organizations, unite in imploring the government to reassess its stance. Addressing concerns ranging from constitutional violations to the detrimental economic impact on content creators and small businesses, the plea underscores the paramount importance of upholding democratic values in the digital landscape. As the joint statement echoes through the digital advocacy sphere, the coalition hopes for a responsive government that prioritizes safeguarding constitutional rights and fosters an environment where digital platforms can responsibly thrive, finding a delicate balance between the necessity for regulation and the preservation of freedom in the digital realm.