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Security persons intimidate in reporting

A police person verbally abused and intimidated media person at www.ratosamachar.com Rajesh Thapa while reporting in Hetauda on February 8. Hetauda lies in Bagmati Province of Nepal.

Thapa told Freedom Forum that he was taking pictures of a highway blockage by the locals protesting the death of a local following an accident. The police persons, later resumed the traffic with the use of force.  

"Meanwhile, traffic police on duty stopped me from taking the pictures and spoke foul on me. His misbehavior did not stop even after I shared that my identity as a media person", he added.

"I also informed a local police inspector about the incident but he ignored saying that it was a minor incident and happened because of the chaotic situation", he informed.

Freedom Forum is concerned over the intimidation meted out to media person while doing his job. This is not the first time media persons have been misbehaved while covering the protest.

FF strongly urges the security authority that it paid heed to the safety of journalists to ensure free and fair reporting atmosphere for the journalists.

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