Freedom Forum is concerned over the death threat issued to Kedar Koirala, a journalist working with Avenues Television, in Kathmandu, Nepal on October 23.A group of locals from Kavre, an adjacent district of Kathmandu, threatened journalist Koirala with life after he presented an incident of Kavre District Administration Office (DAO) refusing to register a case of a mother whose son had beaten her up mercilessly in a weekly television program "Off the Beat".
According to journalist Koirala the group frequently made phone calls from different landline and mobile phone numbers and also threatened to abduct him and his family.
Freedom Forum strongly deplores the incident and dubs it 'the incident carried out to gag press freedom'. Freedom Forum believes that if there is any disagreement regarding the news, amicable solution should be sought through dialogue or legal procedures as existing laws of Nepal clearly pave the way to take legal actions against press materials.
Freedom Forum calls on the government to take immediate action against the culprits of the incidents and bring the guilty to book soon.