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Sand mining operator threatens and defames journalist through social media for reporting news

A businessman involved in sand mining threatened editor of ramropost.com, (an online news portal) Kailash Lama through social media posts over his reporting on August 29 in Dolakha. Dolakha lies in Bagmati Province of Nepal. 

According to FF's representative Ashok Dahal, journalist Lama has been continuously exposing illegal sand and pebble mining at Tamakoshi river in his reporting at Sagarmatha Television and ramropost.com online.

"On Friday (August 28) night too, following his reporting, the police arrested some individuals involved in the illegal mining. Then, the irked racketer Rajib Shrestha resorted to defamation, threat, and hate speech against Lama on his social media post," added Lama. 

Talking to Dahal, Lama said that he had been facing threat from the racketeers for long after his reporting drew attention of the authorities about illegal sand mining.  

"He didn't take it seriously before. But crushing industry operator Shrestha posted several posts against Lama on his Facebook spreading rumors about his professional integrity and hatred", said Dahal quoting Lama. 

Also, editor Lama has filed a complaint at District Administration Office (DAO) on Sunday seeking justice and punishment against Shrestha at the earliest

Freedom Forum condemns the incident. Exposing irregularities and wrongdoings in the society is the job of journalists. Threatening and defaming those for doing their job is the sheer violation of press freedom. Hence, FF urges the concerned authority to look after the journalist's complaint and ensure security to the journalists. Also, the businessman could seek a legitimate way for any dissatisfaction over news published instead of harassing the journalists. 

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