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Death Threat to Journalist, Theft at FM Station

Journalist Rupa Sharma 'Neha' associated with the Metro FM has been issued death threat recently over an article she published in a fortnightly magazine in the capital city, Kathmandu.

According to the Metro FM, journalist Neha was issued death threat because of the coverage on women's issues.

Meanwhile, various technical gadgets including computer hard disks were stolen from Radio Janaawaj FM at Banke, a district in the southern plain of the Midwestern region of Nepal on February 7, 2012 thereby disrupting the FM.

Talking to Media Monitoring Desk of the Freedom Forum, Station Manager at the Janaawaj FM, Shiva Kumar Sunar said, "Computer hard disks in the control room and recording studio and some other gadgets were stolen from the FM station."

He added that they have suspected former station manager Kamal BK Nirmohi behind the theft as the latter was warning of disruption in the FM after he was ousted on financial irregularities five days back.

These incidents are obviously the violation of press freedom and journalists' right to make news.
Issuing death threat merely on the dissatisfaction over the article shows that people do not seek legal recourse but turn aggressive towards journalist. Such incident creates panic in the journalist which results in self-censorship. 

Similarly, the theft in the FM station and subsequent disruption of the FM radio over the conflict with management is illogical, as the dialogue could be adopted to settle the problem. The disruption of FM radio has deprived people of their rights to information. 

Therefore, Freedom Forum condemns both of these incidents and urges the concerned local administrations to arrest the culprits and mete out action on them.