Journalists in Sunsari district, an eastern district of Nepal, revealed at a discussion programme on May 13 they have been receiving threats from UCPN-Maoist leaders and cadres.The programme was held after a leader of the Maoist party's Kochila state committee threatened THT scribe Somnath Bastola on May 12.
Issuing a press release after the discussion, participants informed that Maoist cadres and leaders had also threatened THT scribe Ratna Prasad Acharya, Santosh Koirala and Sudip Koirala of Rajdhani Daily and Yam Pradhan of Terai TV.In yet another incident, UCPN-Maoist district member Gopal Ghimire has issued a death threat to Motiram Timilsina, executive editor of the Chesta weekly, for publishing reports against the Maoist party in central Kavre district, Dhulikhel. Ghimire has told the editor to protect himself, his office and family as the party has decided to take action against him.
Freedom Forum urges the government to provided security to the journalists at the earliest. The Forum dubs the incidents as the 'direct violation to the notion of free press'. "Terrorizing journalist through constant threat is not tolerable in democratic and civilized society", the Forum says.
Freedom Forum further calls upon the government to investigate the incident and bring the guilty to book before it's too late.