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Media under constant threat

Freedom Forum has recorded some more incidents of press freedom violation that occurred on the third day (22 May, 2012) of Nepal banda (general shutdown) called by the ethnic communities.

In Kanchanjungha, a hilly district in the eastern most region of the country, a local Tamor FM was threatened of arson by a banda enforcer named Navin Pomu, said station manager Sajan Poudel.

Radio Madhyabindu was intimidated to make news on their favour by the banda enforcers in Nawalparasi, a district in the southern plain in the western part of the country. The banda enforcers picketed the office of the FM and asked to air news on their favour.

In the district, the banda supporters burnt the copies of the Kantipur daily.

Ram Sharan Pudashaini, Editor with the Hetauda Sandesh daily published from Hetauda, a city in the central region of Nepal, was verbally abused by the demonstrators.

"The demonstrators stopped me while I was on field reporting and used foul words and said why I did not publish news supporting the banda", said Editor Pudashaini.

These activities show how miserable the Nepali media is these days.

To sheer mockery of rule of law and press freedom, the attacks on intimidation on free press continued . It is quite worrying the government remained mute spectator to the attack on press.

Freedom Forum condemns the incidents of press freedom violation and shows grave concern over government's apathy towards media freedom.