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Journalist Pande attacked

Freedom Forum has been concerned over an anti press incident occurred in the capital city, Kathmandu, on December 17, 2011.

A reporter with the Rajdhani daily, Madhu Jung Pande was attacked by the demonstrators and his motorcycle set on fire in course of reporting at Balaju Chowk, Kathmandu.

The cadres affiliated with the Tarun Dal, a sister organization of the Nepali Congress, demonstrated and called strike in the capital city over the death of the Tarun Dal Chairman at Chitwan, Shiva Prasad Poudel.

Poudel, who was in Chitwan jail, was attacked mercilessly by a gang in the jail two weeks back.
Freedom Forum condemns the attack on journalist Pande and arson on his motorcycle.
Such incidents have very negative impact on journalists' right and cause self-censorship, which is detrimental to the media freedom.

Therefore, Freedom Forum urges the authorities to arrest the attackers on journo Pande and take punitive measures against them.