Kapilvastu based reporter at Avenues television Gopal Bhandari was barred from reporting a formal program at District Administration Office Kapilvastu on May 18. Kapilvastu lies in Lumbini Province of Nepal.
Chief District Officer Chakrapani Pandey obstructed reporter Bhandari while he was trying to take photographs of the program.
Freedom Forum is concerned over the incident as it is sheer violation of press freedom. Journalists have right to report and take pictures of the public programs and issues of public concern. Hence, FF strongly urges the concerned authority to respect the right of journalists and cooperate with them to establish free reporting atmosphere.
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