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Demonstrators targeting Media continuously

The banda (general shutdown) enforcers have been targeting media even on the third day (22 May) of the 3-day nationwide banda in Nepal.

Various incidents of press freedom violations have been recorded by the Freedom Forum with continuous updates.

On May 21, reporters with the Mountain Television- Rameshwor Sapkota, Dharmendra Sapkota and Mukti Shrestha and cameraperson Pratikshya Sharma were attacked by banda enforcers at Imadol of Lalitpur, district in the Kathmandu valley while making reports about the banda, said their colleague, Tirtha Bhandari.

On the same day, photo journalist with the Abhiyan daily, Ashok Dulal was attacked mercilessly at Gwarko of Lalitpur district. As a result, he received serious injury in his right eye. He has been undergoing treatment at a local B and B Hospital.

In the attack, he lost his motorcycle and mobile, it is learnt.

Moreover, a two wheeler used by Pavan Barsha Saha, reporter with the Karobar daily was vandalized in the capital city, Kathmandu while making news about the ongoing banda.

The banda enforcers manhandled Tika Ram Nidhi, reporter with the Mountain Television from
Jhapa, an eastern district in the southern plain of Nepal on May 22.

Similarly, three staffs with the Mountain Television were verbally abused at Gatthaghar, Bhaktapur in the morning while being ferried to the office.

According to the Moutain TV, it has been receiving threats of attack for covering news about banda.

Muktiram Neupane, reporter with the Arthik Abhiyan daily from Palpa, a hilly district in western region of Nepal was attacked by the band supporters at Shitalpati of Tansen on 22 May. He got injury on head and stomach.

A vehicle (Ko 1 Cha 5928) belonging to the Nagarik daily was vandalized by protestors in Jhapa while returning office after distribution of the newspaper.

Chuda Mani Wagle, a journalist with the Radio Sarlahi, of Sarlahi, a district in the southern plain in the central part of the country, was beaten up by the banda enforcers.

Moreover, Dila Prasad Gautam, reporter with Nepal Television from Bardiya, a district in the Midwestern southern plain of Nepal was attacked in course of reporting.

Meanwhile, 13 FM radio, 7 dailies and 2 local televisions have been closed in Rupandehi, a district in the southern plain in the western region of Nepal, have been closed due to the banda.
In this way, Nepali media has been the main target of protestors these days.

Freedom Forum condemns all these incidents which have violated press freedom and citizen's rights to information.

Freedom Forum is to continue updates on the press freedom violation.