The much-protested Advertisement Bill was endorsed by the Development and Technology Committee of the lower house of the parliament on August 21, 2019.
With the introduction of the bill, offenders (media owners) will be liable up to one year in jail for advertisement-related offences.
Committee Chairperson Kalyani Khadka said that the committee unanimously endorsed the given bill, supporting its provisions on punishment for advertisement offences prescribed by the National Offences.
“The committee has unanimously endorsed the bill without making any changes to the punishment-related provisions. I will table the committee’s report in the House soon for endorsement,” said Khadka.
Provisions of the Advertisement Bill
Similarly, publication of advertisements that infringe trademark, patent or design owned by another company, discourage domestic products, affect elections, define labor, or instill gender-based discrimination are defined as offences under the law.
Section 5 also states that promoting usage of banned goods or services, goods and services not authorized for sale in Nepal and medicines to be sold only on doctor’s prescription or promoting unethical practices such as vulgarity, gambling, taboos and unauthorized lotteries are punishable by imprisonment as a threat to peace and security.
Once the bill is revised by the lower house committee, the clean-feed system will be implemented after a year. The policy will enable television signal distributors to replace advertisements in foreign television channels with local advertisements.