Freedom Forum is concerned over misbehavior meted out to reporter Amar Kant Thakur by a government officer on May 16 in Mahottari. Mahottari district lies in province 2 of Nepal.
According to the information provided by FF's representative Rajan Singh, Office Chief at Nepal Electricity Authority Mahottari Maghabendra Yadav manhandled correspondent to Kantipur Television Thakur for reporting about NEA.
"While reporter Thakur reached the office, Chief Yadav raged against him blaming journalists for torturing him mentally by publishing and broadcasting news about NEA. He also warned journalists to face consequences for writing news against him", informed representative Singh quoting reporter Yadav.
Accusing journalists for writing news is a gross violation of press freedom. Journalists' right to free reporting and citizen's access to information is guaranteed by the constitution. Hence, FF urges the concerned authority to respect the rights of journalists and free press.
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