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Local abuses reporter for reporting on irregularities

Anil Tiwari, station manager at Rupandehi based Community Radio Marchvaar was abused verbally over telephone on April 11, 2020. Rupandehi district lies in Province 5 of Nepal.

According to senior journalist and RTI activist in Province 5, Ram Bikash Chaudhary, while airing radio program a person named Ghanashyam Yadav called and spoke foul to Tiwari.

Yadav abused Tiwari for reporting about the irregularities on distribution of relief materials by the rural municipality.

In Nepal, most of the local authorities have been distributing relief materials to the needy families after government extended lockdown period in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

Freedom Forum is concerned about the incident as such harassment to journalist is press freedom violation. The concerned authority should be responsible about the news and seek legitimate ways to object the news contents. But, threatening and abusing on duty journalists is deplorable.

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