Janakpur based more than half a dozen journalists were attacked while seeking information at Janakpurdham Sub-Metropolitan City office on January 7. Journalists had been to the office to report on Janaki Temple's dispute issues. Janakpur is located in Province 2.
Journalists Anil Mishra, Arkanta Amar, Bikash Shah, Raja Jha, Summit Mishra, Subash Karn, and Shatrudhan Yadav were manhandled in the directive of Mayor LalKishor Shah during reporting at Metropolitan office. Journalists Karna, Jha, and Thakur represent Ujjwalo online, Deshsanchar online and Kantipur T.V. respectively.
FF received the information that journalists were smashed at the office of Mayor by the security officials including the other supporter at Sub-Metropolitan City Office.
Meanwhile, Journalists Amar who was beaten badly sustained the injury in the head.
According to the victim journalists,'' Mayor told us to wait for 3 hours for the byte.'' Further, journalists said Mayor misbehaved and aggressively responded to them saying media spreading unwanted fear.
Freedom Forum condemns the incident where Journalists were attacked merely at the time of reporting which is against the notion of free press. Journalists are the watchdog of society and also it is the responsibility of journalists to report on misconduct. However, government representatives must be aware of journalists' rights and should respect press freedom.
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