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Obstruction in reporting

Reporter to Chitwan Post daily Kul Prasad Kafle was barred from reporting in Bharatpur on June 24. Bharatpur, Chitwan lies in Bagmati Province of Nepal.

Reporter Kafle reached BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital to report on the ongoing meeting of Bharatpur Metropolitan Office's municipal assembly. Meanwhile, the press advisor at the metropolitan office Suresh Chandra Adhikari stopped reporter Kafle from entering the venue, reasoning no journalists were invited to the meeting.

Reporter Kafle finally returned without reporting.

Freedom Forum is concerned towards the behavior of the press advisor. Journalists have right to report on issues of public concern. Municipal assembly meetings are organized to discuss on the program and budget plan for the concerned local level for upcoming year and thus the public interest and concerns.

Hence, FF urges the concerned authority to respect journalists' rights and cooperate with those in future. 

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