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Reporter held briefly by government staff, police for reporting

Kaski based correspondent to ABC television Gita Rana was assaulted while reporting in a municipality office on June 27. Kaski lies in Gandaki Province of Nepal.

Talking to Freedom Forum, reporter Rana shared that he had reached the Bhirkot Municipality at around 6:00 pm to take pictures and videos for his upcoming documentary on the day of incident. Meanwhile, the administrative officer came to office and shouted at the reporter.

"Who gave you permission to take the videos? Close your camera and delete the video", officer Dharmaraj Dhungana said. "He also called the police immediately and took me under control for an hour. I told the officer that I had already informed the office before that I will be late for reporting but the officer did not listen to me", shared the reporter.

Reporter Rana filed a complaint at the District Administration Office against the officer today, June 28, itself.

Freedom Forum condemns the assault of the reporter for reporting. It is sheer violation of press freedom. The public officials' behaviour is gross towards the journalist who was for reporing public event. Such intimidation is against free press.

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