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Reporter abused verbally for requesting information

Reporter to the Moonlight Television’s Madhesh Province bureau, Mewalal Yadav, was misbehaved while registering Right to Information application on February 9. The incident took place in Rautahat, Madhesh Province.

According to reporter Yadav, he went to the Provincial Hospital, Gaur to register his application, requesting information using RTI. Hospital’s Medical Superintendant Murari Thakur and Management Committee Chair verbally abused the reporter for requesting information at the hospital. They also denied registering the application first, said Yadav.

“However, the Information Officer registered my application and asked for 14 days’ time to deliver the requested information after I told them that I was there also as a citizen”, informed reporter Yadav.

Freedom Forum condemns the abuse upon the reporter. Every citizen has right to seek information at the public agencies using RTI. Intimidation upon the citizens for practicing their fundamental rights is a sheer violation of constitutionally guaranteed rights. Hence, FF strongly urges the concerned authority to provide the required information to Yadav as per RTI Act. 

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