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Journalists Labeled Death Threat

Freedom Forum expresses concern over the growing incidents of the violation of press freedom across the country.

Forum's attention has recently been drawn seriously towards an incident occurred in Bajura, a district in the far-western region of the country on March 1. Chief of the District Sports Committee Nrip Singh Baduwal labeled death threat on journalist Prakash Singh accusing him of covering the news about Sport Committee Office.

Journalist Singh said he was issued death threat from Sport Committee Chief Baduwal reasoning that he took a photograph of the office and inquired him about the information on sport activities.

Baduwal used indecent words against journalist Singh and threatened him of taking life if the news was published after he was asked why his office was not conducting sports activities in the district for eight months.

Freedom Forum's attention has been drawn towards yet another incident that a journalist Hira Man Lama, working at the Namobuddha FM in Kavre district, a district nearby the capital city, was issued death threat over telephone by an unknown person on March 1, 2011.

The death threat was labeled against journalist Lama demanding to stop a programme named 'public hearing' related to local administration being aired through the Namobuddha FM. He is the joint-coordinator of the programme.

Freedom Forum, as an organization working for freedom of expression and right to information condemns mistreatment meted out against journalist and violating people’s right to get information. Both incidents are the violation of right to information. Freedom Forum, therefore, urges the Committee Chief Baduwal to respect right to information by providing the information journalist required. Moreover, the concerned local administrations are urged strongly to investigate into the incidents and bring the guilty ones to book.