During the banda (general shutdown) called in various parts of the country, manhandle and misbehavior on journalists continued.
Editor with the National News Agency (RSS) of Nepal, Sharad Chandra Bhandary was asked to get off motorcycle while coming to office during banda at Gaushala in the capital. He was also roughed up while trying to identify as a journalist.
As the time to promulgate new constitution is round the corner in the country, various ethnic communities have mounted demonstrations demanding their problems be addressed in the new constitution. With this, the banda and demonstrations have badly affected the free movement of journalists, and they are facing misbehavior time and again.
Freedom Forum calls the concerned authorities to tam the unruly ones in order to avoid possible threats and attacks on journalists thereby respecting people's right to information.
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