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Journalist Threatened of Life

A freelance journalist, Ganesh Pande, has been issued death threat via email on August 26, 2012, over an opinion article he recently wrote in the Samacharpatra daily published from the capital city, Kathmandu.

Talking to media monitoring desk of Freedom Forum over phone, journalist Pande said, "I received a life threatening email over an article relating to security action at Doramba, an incident of the conflict period. The email reads- 'It seems you belong to a terrorist group because you wrote the article one-sidedly. How much money do you take by writing such articles? Your days are numbered now'."

He added that the address appeared in the mail was – gyanu_tamup@gmail.com, and the sender's name- Gyanabhi Gurung.

Journalist Pande further said it may have been sent by security.

The Doramba incident is one of the notorious incidents in terms of human rights violation, which occurred during the insurgency period in Nepal.

Obviously, the threat has violated right to expression, and the right to press freedom.

Freedom Forum condemns the threat and strongly urges the security to investigate into this and mete out punishment to the culprit. Also, the journalist Pande needs to be provided security to prevent possible attacks.