Kamal Panthi, Bardiya district -based correspondent of Kantipur National Daily was threatened by an officer of Bardia District Administration Office over the news reporting on the investigation into citizenship.
Administrative Officer Tirtha Bhattarai warned journalist Panthi over telephone that he would show the strength of journalist insisting him to stop publishing the news which mentioned that officer Bhattarai was also ivolved in granting Nepal citizenship to non-Nepali.
Panthi published the news about the citizenship probe the District Administrative Office kicked off
Freedom Forum denounces this threat to journalist for fulfilling own duty to flow information to people and demands actions against government employee for this. It is the role of a journalist to expose corruption involved in public body and attack and threat to journalist would be a set back in this regard, concluded the Forum.
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