Chief District Officer (CDO) of Kailali, a far-western district of Nepal, Gehanath Bhandari obstructed journalists while they reached District Prison Office for news coverage on January 19, Tuesday.
Reporters were there to cover the news of agitation by detained police personnel. CDO Bhandari directed journalist not to enter into the Prison Office.
After the incident journalists staged sit-in to protest the event in front of Prison Office. They put their equipments including camera, recorder, diary, and pen in front of the gate and staged protest. The sit-in program was lasted for one hour.
Freedom Forum denounces the incidents and dubs it as 'anti-press' incident by responsible government body. The Forum also urges the government body to stick in constitutional provisions which ensure free reporting in public territory. Forum asks the government to investigate the incident in credible manner and bring the guilty to book.
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