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Investigative reporter and editor issued threat of assault 

Editor Basanta Basnet and investigative reporter Krishna Gyawali at www.onlinekhabar.com received threat of attack for their news reporting on June 20 in the federal capital, Kathmandu.

Reporter Gyawali shared with Freedom Forum that he and the victim mentioned in the news report were followed by the accused while they were on the way to the district court to gather information.

Meanwhile, one of the accused also called a group of people to threaten the journalist and victim. 

“The incident has psychologically terrorized the victim and affected our reporting. Also, another accused has wrote a threatening comment on the editor Basnet's social media post,” he added.

On FF's media monitoring desk's question about what next, reporter Gyawali replied, “What can we do to such people? We will continue our reporting fearlessly though."

Freedom Forum condemns the incident as it gross violation of press freedom. Journalists have every right to seek information and publish news on issues of public concern. Moreover, for any discontent over news content, the concerned is urged to file complaint at the Press Council.

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