Security officials misbehaved journalist Prem Nepali while reporting on May 5 in Kaski. Kaski lies in Gandaki Province.
Journalist Nepali is associated with Hour Tv.
According to Freedom Forum's representative for Gandaki Province, Rajan Upadhyaye, journalist Nepali was reporting about complaint filed on ethnic discrimination at District Police Office, Kaski. A group of dalit representative along with Mohan Sunar who filed complaint were at office to know about the status of complaint, but they were misbahved by the police. While capturing footage of misbehavior to Dalit representatives journalist Nepali was also treated badly and Police Inspector snatched journalist's camera.
Moreover, Inspector Deepak KC aggressively responded to journalist who said that it is not allowed to capture footage without the consent of police.
Meanwhile, Chief Superintendent of Police Dan Bahadur Karki claimed that complaint filed on ethnic discrimination is under investigation and journalist was not treated badly while inquiring about the case.
Freedom Forum condemns the incident as it is a gross violation of press freedom and right to information. Reporting on social issues and exposing exposing irregularities is the prior duty of journalists. Hence, FF strongly urges the concerned authority to address the issue seriously respecting the rights of journalists and citizen’s right to information.
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