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Threat against Journalist deplorable

Freedom Forum condemns threat issued against journalist Bechu Gaud, Nabalparasi based reporter to Butwal Today Daily. He was threatened for writing news about the use of low quality products for road construction at Palhinandan Rural Municipality-1, Shankarpur. The incident occurred on Nabalparasi of Province 5.

 Journalist Bechu had published the news on this issue at http://www.koliyakhabar.com/ where he works as the news manager. He was threatened by the road construction contractors.

According to the news received by FF, on April 26, 15-16 people reached journalist's residence and threatened him to remove news from the online news portal or bear consequences. After the incident, journalist Gaud informed the security officials regarding the threat issued against him, however, he has been receiving such threat time and again.

Freedom Forum condemns the threat issued on journalist Gaud for writing news about the use of low-quality product in road construction. It is the right of a journalist to report on the issue concerning the public interest. Threatening journalist for writing news is against press freedom. FF urges the concerned authority to take action against the people involved in issuing a threat to the journalist and provide security to journalist Gaud.

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