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Journalist defamed for writing news

Accham based journalist, Menuka Dhungana, was defamed via Facebook by a contractor Bam Dhami while reporting about destruction of the tender papers concerning school construction at Achham on October 19. Accham lies in Sudur Paschim Province. Journalist Dhungana is the reporter of the Kantipur daily.

Dhungana shared with the Freedom Forum that she had written news about the destruction of tender which created dispute involving Dhami. As per the news, the dispute arose when the evaluation committee was about to make public the news awarding tender contract. The news also stated that local were of the view that Dhami had allegedly destroyed the tender papers while it came to his knowledge that someone else was likely to get contract for the construction of two schools in Charpati Rural Municipality of Accham.

Agitating about the incident, accused Dhami wrote foul words defaming Dhungana through his Facebook post for writing the news. Additionally, the accused had posted such a statement while being in detention too.

It is worth sharing that contractors are one of the hostile elements against free reporting. FF reports have shown many times that contractors violated press freedom and intimidated reporters for news coverage. 

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