"> Name: Rup Chand Bista, Nepalese writer and politician

Date:  1985 - 1995

Location:  Asia

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion


Artist: Rup Chand Bista

Confronting Bodies: Nepal's Panchayat government

Date of Action: October 1986

Specific Location: Nepal

Description of Artwork: Bista's poem, "Beware," criticizes the performance of many of the government appointed ministers of parliament.

Description of Incident: Bista was charged with "spreading malice and hatred toward the king" under the Treason Act, because of his poem, "Beware." The poem was published in the non-governmental newspaper, "Weekly Debate."

Results of Incident: Bista was released in April, 1987. No charges were filed. The arrest helped organize his political party, and improved election results for candidates who supported his release.

Source: Censorship, A World Encyclopedia, ed. D. Jones

Submitted By: NCAC

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