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Disparaging Film Review Can Mean Jail Time in Nepal

Expand A journalist protests a set of laws that threaten to curb free speech, Kathmandu, Nepal, September 19, 2018. © 2018 AP Photo The recent crackdown on journalists in Nepal is bad enough, but now the authorities have gone one step further and jailed a comedian for critiquing a film. Pranesh Gautam, 24, an architect and part-time comedian who posts on a popular YouTube channel called Meme Nepal, was arrested on June 7 for a video he uploaded two weeks earlier poking fun at a new film, Bir Bikram 2. The film’s director, Milan Chams, complained to the police about the bad review, and Gautam…

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