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Traffic Police officer obstructs reporting

Reporter with the Damauli Khabar daily and its online edition www.damaulikhabar.com Rajendra Pariyar was misbehaved by a traffic police in Tanahun on April 9. Tanahun lies in Gandaki Province.

According to Freedom Forum's representative Rajan Upadhyay, Chief of District Traffic Police Purna Bahadur Adhikari misbehaved with the reporter Pariyar while he was returning after reporting. The police also seized his motorcycle.

Representative Upadhyay also shared that Pariyar was misbehaved for reporting news critical to the police officer.

However, while asking Chief Adhikari about the incident, police informed that the reporter was not misbehaved rather his vehicle was seized after he repeatedly drove on the way with different persons.

Freedom Forum is concerned over the incident as such harassment to the journalist reporting and ensuring citizens' right to information despite crisis is against press freedom. Working journalists are also considered the front line human rights defenders. So, police persons are requested to behave accordingly. 

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