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Death Threat to Journalist by Minister

Education Minister of care taker government Renu Kumari Yadav, belonging to Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum (MJF), threatened Baidhanath Yadav, journalist in Saptari district in the eastern part of Nepal with life on May 7, Thursday over telephone.Her supporter assaulted journalist Yadav too in the issue of publishing news related to smearing black powder to the face of District Education Officer Kedar Tiwari.

According to Baidhnath, a group of some 20-25 people led by Minister's personal secretary Umesh Yadav entered to his room while he was taking bath and vandalized his room and assault his wife as well. "I could save my life witht eh help of police force, he said.

Yadav is now under the protection of District Police Office, Rajbiraj. Freedom Forum strongly condemned the incident and urged the responsible person like Minister to be more sensitive while presenting ownself against journalist. It is the right to journalist to cover the objective news in a responsible way and it is the irony that the Minister involved in threatening journalist in stead of inspiring journalist to write against misdeeds.

Freedom Forum urged the local administration and government to bring the guilty into the book.

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