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Journalists threatened, misbehaved

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

The Freedom Forum has witnessed that a journalist Kamlesh Mandal from Mahottari, a district in the eastern Tarai of the country was threatened of action by the Local Development Officer Rajendra Dev Pande in the district on April 9, 2011.

Journalist Mandal associated with the Avenues TV, and the Rajdhani national daily was threatened and verbally abused by the LDO Pande, a responsible government officer after journo Mandal's reporting on 'district activities hampered after 12 government offices had no office chiefs in Mahottari' was telecast on the Avenues TV and published in the Rajdhani Daily from the Capital on April 8 .

Yet again, Freedom Forum's attention was drawn towards an incident of press freedom violation occurred in Khotang, a hilly district in the eastern part of the country, on April 5, 2011.

Journalist Parshuram Dhimal associated with a local Rupakota radio in the district was misbehaved by village committee secretary of the UCPN-Maoist Bholanath Phuyal accusing the former of airing the news about the financial irregularities regarding the distribution of fertilizer by Mattim Agriculture Service Centre.

Freedom Forum condemns both misbehaviour meted out on scribe Dhimal and verbal abuse on Mandal by the cadres of the responsible political party, UCPN-Maoist, and by the responsible government official respectively. Both the government bodies and political parties are highly urged to be responsible towards press freedom by providing free and fair atmosphere to the journalists.