Nepal Police briefly detained journalist Ramesh Rawal in Surkhet on February 23. Surkhet lies in Karnali Province of Nepal. Rawal is associated with Nayapatrika daily and https://shilapatra.com/ (an online news portal).
Journalist Rawal said that he was taken under control for four hours while returning back to home from media house. "Even though I said I was returning home from work they shouted on me and grabbed my mobile, purse and identity card and kept me under control", he said.
"When I asked for the reason of arrest, they asked me why I was walking late night, beat me and forcefully pushed me into their van", he added, "Later, I was released with the help of a fellow journalist and I got my purse and ID card back."
Freedom Forum condemns the incident as it has violated citizen's right to free mobility. Nepal police being a responsible security authority should protect citizens rather than intimidate them in the name of security. Moreover, taking a journalist under control for no reason along with his credentials seems suspicious.
Hence, FF strongly urges the concerned authority to ensure free and secure atmosphere for journalists and citizens.
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