Journalist Ganesh Chaudhary was attacked in Kailali on August 11. Kailali lies in Sudurpaschim Province.
Journalist Chaudhary is associated with the Kantipur daily.
According to FF's representative for Sudurpaschim Province, Min Bam, journalist Chaudhary was attacked while he was back from reporting. Chaudhary sustained injury on his face. Pillion rider Bhojraj Chaudhary, a friend of journalist, also sustained injury on the head.
Journalist Chaudhary said,''I'm now aware why I was attacked. But, I know the attackers are local residents. I'd no dispute with them at all.''
Chaudhary also shared that complaint has been registered at police station, Tikapur against the attackers Dinesh Shah, Shree Shah and Dinesh Kadayat.
Meanwhile, Police Inspector Arun Bam of the Tikapur Area Police Office said that a necessary investigation is underway.
The reason behind the attack could be found out only after the arrest of the attackers, said Police Inspector Bam.
Freedom Forum vehemently condemns the attack on journalist Chaudhary. Journalists play watchdog role in the society. They are working hard to help ensure citizen's right to information despite the COVID-19 crisis. Attack on such working journalists is the gross violation of press freedom- the rightsguaranteed by the constitution of Nepal.
FF also urges the security officials to investigate the case seriously and help ensure a safe environment for journalists.
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