During the banda (general shutdown) called in various parts of the country, manhandle and misbehavior on journalists continued.
In Nawalparasi, journalists associated with the Bijay FM, Nawalparasi,- Milan Parajuli and Prem Bahadur Chhetri were manhandled by the supporters of the Struggle Committee.
According to Station Manager at the Bijay FM, Bhumi Raj Chapagain, the banda supporters also seized journalists' identity cards and took hold of the key to motorcycle they were using.
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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