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Driver reaches journalist’s home to issue death threat, apologies later

District Correspondent at www.onlinekhabar.com  Sabin Lamichhane received death threat for reporting news in Tanahun on November 7. Tanahun lies in Gandaki Province of Nepal.

Reporter Lamichhane shared with Freedom Forum that he had covered news about vehicles carrying passengers beyond their capacity during Dashain festival. Following publication of news, traffic police took action against the vehicle with a fine amount Rs. 2000.

"Thereafter, the driver of the vehicle searched for me and then reached my home. He was drunk and threatened my parents at home saying he will hit me with his van", said Lamichhane.

Lamichhane further informed that police took the driver under control where he apologized to the reporter and then, he was released.

Freedom Forum is concerned towards the incident. Such incident depicts the level of risk journalists face for reporting irregularities and its possible consequences. FF therefore, urges all sides to respect journalists’ rights. 

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