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Private Radio Stations in Nepal Resume News Broadcasts


Many private radio stations in Nepal resumed news broadcasts Friday, more than six months after King Gyanendra banned news from all independent outlets.

Nepal's Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that one station closed for violating the news ban should be allowed to resume operations.

A media rights group in Nepal, Save Independent Radio Movement, says other stations interpreted the ruling as giving them the right to broadcast news. The group says about 16 of the country's more than 40 independent radio stations have restarted news broadcasts, and others will do the same over the next several days.

The news ban for independent radio was part of a wider media crackdown imposed by King Gyanendra after he fired the government and seized complete power in February.

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