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Smugglers threaten journalists to life

Three journalists from Kailali, a district in the far-western region of Nepal, were made captive and threatened of life by timber smugglers on March 12, 2012.

Journalists- Shravan Deuba associated with the Nayapatrika daily, Deepak Oli with Sourya daily, and Bhim Chaudhari with the Tarai Television were made captive for two hours from 7:30pm by the timber smugglers and threatened of life if they wrote news about the smuggling.

Talking to Freedom Forum's Media Monitoring Desk, journalist Mr Oli said they had reached deforestation site to make news and take photos in the neighbouring Doti district but were cornered by some 40 smugglers and made captive. They released after two hours threatening of life if they made the news on deforestation and smuggling.

Freedom Forum takes the incident seriously which has violated the right to press freedom, and therefore urges the concerned authorities to take action on the smugglers, and provide security to the panicked journalists.