Kathmandu: Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) has condemned the arrest of a journalist for sharing a news report about the personal life of a billionaire`s son on a popular social networking site.
"We condemn the arrest of journalist (Dinesh) Acharya on the basis of the content of the news item published in the weekly," President of FNJ Shiva Gaunle told a news agency.
"There are other ways like filing complaint at the Press Council or going to the court for seeking compensation, if the content of the news published by the newspaper is objectionable," he said.
"Arresting the journalist on the basis of the content of the news item will ultimately curtail press freedom, which condemnable," the FNJ president said.
Dinesh Acharya was arrested under Electronic Transaction Act in response to a complain registered by Nirvana Chaudhary, the son of Nepal`s first billionaire.
Nirvana had filed a complaint at Metropolitan Police Range, Hanumandhoka, and sought legal action against Acharya.
His father Binod Chaudhary owns Wai-Wai Noodle Industry as well as an international hotel chain.