Reporter to Annapurna Post national daily Raj Karan Mahato and his camera person Bibek Mahato were threatened while reporting on illegal mining in Mahottari on April 16. Mahottari lies in Province 2 of Nepal.
Freedom Forum's representative Rajan Singh reported that the reporters were taking videos and pictures of illegal excavation of a local river during lockdown. In the meantime, four people arrived on their motorbikes and chased the reporters.
Reporters somehow escaped the attack and called local police for protection then, a team led by Police Inspector Prakash Regmi reached the place to protect reporters.
Freedom Forum condemns the threat and attempt to attack reporters. Journalists reporting on corruption and illegal activities are always on the verge of intimidation. Such incidents are representative cases of press freedom violation which create panic among working journalists and induce censorship. Hence, FF strongly urges the security authority to investigate upon the case, punish the perpetrators and ensure safety to the journalists thereby, protecting press freedom rights.
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