During the banda (general shutdown) called in various parts of the country, manhandle and misbehavior on journalists continued.
In the capital city of Kathmandu, the banda organizers seized the ID cards of Ram Sharan Bajgain and Bhim Gautam, journalists associated with the Sourya daily, at Nalinchowk on 11 May. They also roughed up the journalists while making news about the banda.
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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