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Journo Beat Up, looted

Freedom Forum's attention has been drawn seriously towards an incident occurred at Nepalgunj, a city in the Midwest of Nepal on January 3, 2012.

A reporter with the local Bheri FM, Tirtha Jaishee was beaten up and looted by an unknown gang while he was on a way to the office.

Talking to Freedom Forum's media monitoring desk, journo Jaishee said, "When I was coming to the FM early morning from Kailali district, a gang all of a sudden spoke foul to me, beat up and looted my bag containing pen, tape recorder, pen drive and a diary. I got minor injury on my ear too."

It is quite condemnable that journalists in Nepal are being the butt of attack from various sectors including unknown gang. It clearly depicts how fragile the security situation is.

Such incidents are responsible for creating psychological fear resulting in the self-censorship among journalist, and the self-censorship is a key to limiting the scope of freedom of expression.

Freedom Forum therefore urges the concerned bodies to seek the assailants and bring them to book.