Journalist Aash Gurung was attacked over news by Ward Chair Govinda Basnet on July2, 2020. Basnet is the Ward Chair of besisahar municipality ward number 7 of Lamjung. Lamjung lies in Gandaki Province.
Journalist Gurung is associated with Kantipur Television.
According to the Freedom Forum representative for Gandaki Province, Rajan Upadhyay, journalist Gurung was attacked over news which was about the misuse of agricultural grants. Gurung had mentioned in the news that those who had access were receiving grants without fulfilling grants criteria. He had also highlighted that one who should recommend grants were themselves misusing the grants.
On the other side, Ward Chair Basnet claimed that he had not attacked journalists instead he had suggested him to research before writing stories.
Meanwhile, journalist Gurung was criticized and threatened through social media by cadres of the political parties over the news related to misuse of grants.
FF condemns the incident as it has posed threat to journalists' right to free reporting. Threat to journalist Gurung over news also created a fearful atmosphere to other fellow journalists who are determined to do investigative reporting. Hence,FF urges concerned authority to take action and ensure fear free environment for journlaists.