Mahesh Rokaya working at Karnali bureau of Mountain Television in Surkhet was attacked in the evening of March 16. A gang attacked Rokaya at about 7:30pm while returning home after office works.
Rokaya's tooth was damaged in the attack. "I was attacked by a gang of Arjun BK, Kedar Sahi and others while I was returning home after office," journalist Rokaya shared with FF's Karnali Province representative Laxmi Bhandari.
The attackers are from Ward No 12 of Birendranagar municipality in the district.
Rokaya filed a complaint at District Police Office, Surkhet, seeking action to the assailants.
The incident shows journalists are facing hostility with physical attacks. Journalists who are working for information and good governance are in dire need of safety.
Freedom Forum vehemently condemns the attack on journalist Rokaya, for it is sheer violation of press freedom and journalists' right to free reporting. The police authority needs to nab the assailants and take action to them to address the impunity.
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