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Threat of Action, Journo Taken Under Control

Freedom Forum has been concerned over an incident of press freedom violation that occurred in the capital city on August 3, 2012.

Keshav Prasad Koirala, a journalist affiliated to the Himalayan Times daily, was threatened of physical action over the news he was making about a 'Swami luring scholars for religious meet.'
On the night of August 3, a person calling himself Avinash Chaturvedi over phone no 9817450141 said to journalist Koirala, "You committed a mistake. I've heard made a mistake and I need to make a deal."

The news story of a fake Swami luring scholars for religious meet in US was published in the Himalayan Times on August 4.

In a different case, Tika Ram Neti, a correspondent with the Rajdhani daily from Jhapa, a district in the eastern most part of the southern plain of Nepal was taken under control by an owner of sweets house on July 26, 2012.

Talking to the Freedom Forum's media monitoring desk, correspondent Neti said he was made captive for half an hour while we has reporting about the unhygienic condition of the sweets shops/store named Calcutta Misthanna Bhandar at Birtamod in the district.

Freedom Forum condemns the incident which harassed the journalist.

Journalists in Nepal are made butt of attack and threats time and again over the news they make about social and commercial malpractices and other anomalies.

Freedom Forum strongly urges the administration to find the person who threatened of action on journalist Koirala and take punitive measures, and asks the sweet owners to respect press freedom and people's right to information.