The cadres of ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) misbehaved with journalists trio Raju Sapkota, Mahendra Shrestha and Krishna Sunuwar while reporting about the by-election in Bharatpur on November 30. Bharatpur lies in Province 3.
Journalist Sapkota is the News Chief of Kalika Media in Chitwan. Journalist Shrestha has been working as a freelancer and Sunuwar is associated with KayaKairan dainik.
According to the information received by Freedom Forum, journalist Sapkota, Shrestha and Sunuwar were misbehaved during the time of reporting about the by-election at Dhungaghari voting center located in Bharatpur Municipality ward no. 16.
Journalists duo Shrestha and Sunuwar took a video of the ongoing voting. In response, ruling party cadres deleted that captured footage.
Freedom Forum condemns the incident as it is against the notion of free press which violated the press freedom and freedom of expression. As it is also the right of the public to know information about the public concern issues, journalists should not be harassed merely for reporting the news of public interest.
FF urges the concerned party and their cadres to show respect to press freedom and become sensitive to the journalists' right to free reporting.
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