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Reporter issued death threat

Reporter to the Rajdhani national daily from remote Kalikot district, Bishwonath Simkhada, has been issued death threat for writing news on April 20. Kalikot district lies in Karnali Province.

District coordinator of All Nepal National Independent Students' Union (Revolutionary), Mansingh Shahi, issued death threat recently over the news relating to political interference in school children. Shahi warned Simkhada of breaking his limbs, vandalizing his media house and taking life. The coordinator was angry why the news was written about his organization. 

Freedom Forum condemns the incident as it is sheer violation of press freedom. It has panicked journalist Simkhada and fellow journalists in the district. If Shahi had any concern over the content of the news, he could take legal recourse rather than intimidating reporter.

FF demands security agencies in the district to be aware of the incident and provide security to the working journalists to obviate any untoward incident against him. Journalists must be ensured safe atmosphere for free reporting.

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