The Supreme Court recently stayed the govt ban on popular online game Player Unknown’s Battlefield ( PUBG).
The first bench of Justice Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada declared the interim order in the name of the govt as a reaction to a writ petition filed by advocates Pravin Subedi, Bikas Thapa, Anurag Subedi , Suvas Pathak and also Ritesh Paudyal and regulation graduate Binay Rimal against the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Home Circumstances, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Kathmandu District Court, Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Offense Division and Nepal Telecom Authority.
The apex court additionally issued a show cause notice to the govt. The court realized that PUBG was basically a game used by the general public for entertainment. Since media freedom and freedom of expression are assured by the constitution, it is necessary to show that such bans are just, sensible and reasonable, and the actions of the authorities worried are wise and logical, the bench stated in its order. The SC spotted that the ban imposed by Kathmandu District Court on April 10 was not affordable. The court observed that it decided to stay the ban imposed by Kathmandu District Court and succeeding orders passed by the government authorities on the basis of Kathmandu District Court order because if the ban was allowed to remain in effect, it could adversely consequence people’s rights to freedom.
The petitioners argued in their writ petition that if somebody played any game utilizing the internet or any other means after that such acts were related to their freedom of illustration. They declared the government had the power to impose an affordable restriction on freedom of expression. However, in this case, no ground as per Article 17 of the constitution existed and therefore the ban on PUBG could not be justified.
The govt on April 11 had banned the online game following issues that besides hampering studies of school- and college-going students, it was resulting in violent behavior among those addicted to the game.
PUBG, that was released in 2017 for Windows PC and in late 2018 for smartphones, is an internet-based multiplayer battle royale game. In the game, up to 100 players parachute onto an island and also scavenge for weapons and tools to kill others while avoiding getting killed. The last game player or team standing wins the round.
Following the government’s ban, Nepal Telecoms Authority, the telecom sector regulator, had on April 11, directed all web service providers of the country to block web traffic originating from PUBG servers.