Four journalists associated with different media were injured in police attack while covering news of demonstration staged by traders against the Nepal Police on January 24 in Parsa district. The District lies in Province 2 of Nepal.
Freedom Forum's representative for Province 2 Rajan Singh reported that the journalists were taking videos of the traders' demonstration and obstrucion of Birgunj- Pokhariya road requesting release of their consignments seized by the Police. And the clash between protestors and traders broke after police started baton-charge.
Police officers also hit journalists namely Shyam Kushwaha (Janata Television), Umesh Dubey (TV Today), Aarohan Sah (Prime TV) and Deepak Chaurasiya (Local NP Daily) asking why they took video of police attacking the protestors, informed representative Singh quoting jornalist Kushwaha.
Journalist Kushwaha sustained minor injury on his face and journalist Sah's camera was damaged in the incident, he informed further.
Such intimidation meted out on journalists while reporting is strictly condemnable and serious violation of press freedom. Hence, FF urges the concerned authority to fairly investigate upon the case and ensure free reporting atmosphere for journalists as guaranteed by the constitution.
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