Journalists in Nepal are continuously facing incidents of attacks, threats and harassments for covering news story and photographs even despite commitments from political actors to respect freedom of press and of expression.
The Unified CPN-Maoist cadres on December 22 attacked a vehicle carrying The Himalayan Times and Annapurna Post dailies at Prayagpokhari, Lalitpur. The van was returning to Kathmandu after circulating the dailies in Kavre district. Contrary to the commitment made earlier to let the vehicles belonging to media houses run smoothly, the irate Maoist cadres vandalised the vehicle for “defying” the three-day bandh called by their party. Van driver Pradeep Lama was injured in the attack. The bonnet and windscreen of the van were damaged. The vandals targetted the van though market representative Prithvi Bahadur Thapa had shown his ID card.
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