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Serious Incidents against Free Press

Freedom Forum shows its serious concern over the continued incidents of press freedom violation in Nepal. Two separate incidents of press freedom violation observed at 1 February 2011. Cadres of Young Communist League (YCL), youth wing of largest political party in constituent assembly of Nepal have direct involvement in both the events.

YCL cadres attacked program host of Nepal Television, Hari Ghimire not disclosing the reason that made them to do so. Gimire hosts the radio program, Our Kathmandu through Nepal Television.

In the another separate incident, YCL cadres burnt the copies of Newspaper, Daraudi daily in Gorkha-western district of Nepal accusing the daily of writing news about school management committee's decision of Mahendrajyoti Higher Secondary School of Gorkha. The news had published regarding school management committee's rampant way of decision making.

Freedom Forum condemns both the incidents of press freedom violation. Forum asks all to go for legal proceeding is they have dissatisfaction over any news or media reports instead of involving in such acts. Forum also calls upon the authority to immediately take action against persons involving in such acts.