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Politician threatens journalists; another journalist assaulted

A member of Nepali Congress, the second-largest political party in Nepal, has threatened to kill several journalists. The threats were made during the party's district convention on 29 August 2010.

Mohan Basnet, who is the district president for the party in Sindhupalchok, a district in central Nepal, accused the journalists of not favoring him during the Nepali Congress district convention. According to Dhurba Dangal, a reporter for "Nagarik Daily", Basnet threatened the journalists over the phone, using insulting language and threatening to take their lives.

Freedom Forum is also concerned about the assault on Rasaili. It is an apparent violation of the rule of law and existing legal remedies of Nepal. Freedom Forum urges the local government authorities to take action against everyone involved in the incident and ensure the rule of law is respected. Furthermore, Freedom Forum asks the police authorities to provide security to Rasaili in the coming days.

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