Executive editor at https://freepressnepal.com/ (an online news portal) Bikash Shrestha was arrested today (March 2) from Balaju, Kathmandu. Kathmandu is the federal capital of Nepal.
Freedom Forum has learned that Shrestha was arrested for taking pictures of the arrested locals inside the police custody.
Nepal Police has arrested few activists of road expansion victim struggle committee for protesting at the metropolitan's construction site.
Talking to FF, an officer said that reporter Shrestha was arrested for taking pictures inside the station. He will be released few hours later after deleting the photos and videos, he informed.
Freedom Forum is concerned over the incident as it is gross violation of press freedom. Police station is a public place and a journalist has right to report the activities in the [public places. However, police officers statement that journalists are not allowed to report inside the station is unlawful. Hence, FF strongly urges the concerned authority to respect the constitutionally guaranteed rights to free press and demands immediate release of the journalist without damaging reporting coverage.
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