An unidentified group of persons claiming themselves to be the locals of Dhulikhel municipality of Kavrepalanchok district manhandled four media persons when the latter reached at Dhulikhel hospital to cover the news of protest on August 26, Tuesday. The agitated local people and family members of Sabina Lama who died while undergoing treatment at hospital staged protest against the negligence of doctors.
Treasurer of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Kavre Chapter and Reporter at Avenues Television Shiva Prasad Dahal was injured in the manhandling. The agitators also caused damages to the cameras of journalists in the incident.
Freedom Forum denounces the incident of manhandling and obstruction caused to journalists who were covering news at the spot. The incident straightly violates journalists’ rights to disseminate information and people’s right to get information and reveals disrespect to press.
The Forum asks all sectors including general public to facilitate a workable environment for journalists to make our society well-informed and let all have access to information. The Forum also demands necessary compensation to injured journalists and strong actions against the guilty.
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