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Election officer abuses journalists digitally 

Election officer Deepsikha Munakami Poudel wrote an abusive post on her social media page against journalists in Gaindakot Municipality. Gaindakot lies in the Gandaki Province of Nepal.

She had also misbehaved with the journalists while reporting on the election, said Shreedhar Upadhyaya, Station Manager at Vijay FM. “She did not let us enter the vote-counting site and we (around 10 journalists) had to protest against her obstruction of reporting,” he added.

Moreover, on May 16, she wrote an abusive post targeting journalists which has drawn concern of the media fraternity in the municipality, Upadhyaya shared.

Freedom Forum condemns the hostile behavior of election officer. During the election, journalists are the source of information to general public. Hence, FF urges the officer to cooperate with the journalists and provide required information. Free flow of information must not be barred and journalists disrespected.

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