During the banda (general shutdown) called in various parts of the country, manhandle and misbehavior on journalists continued.
The supporters of the Tharuhat Struggle Committee manhandled Hom Raj Ranabhat, reporter with the Gorkhapatra daily from Nawalparasi, district in the southern plain in the west of Nepal on May 8, 2012. The Committee had organized banda in the region and obstructed the free movement of journalists for news reporting.
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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