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Senior Police Officer Threatens TV Reporter

Freedom Forum's attention has been drawn towards an incident of press freedom violation that occurred in the southern plain of Nepal on 10 December 2012.

Reporter with the Kantipur Television from Bara district, Upendra Thakur, was threatened of life by a senior police official while making news on human rights violation.

Talking to Freedom Forum's Media Monitoring Desk, reporter Thakur said he was threatened of death by Superintendent of Police, Dansing Bohara, while he was making news and follow up about the recent incidents of human rights violations in the district.

"Your news has tarnished police administration. I'm tired of giving justifications after your news. Why do you boast of becoming a journalist? I'm a police person. You will lose your life very soon," reporter Thakur quoted SP Bohara as threatening him at the Office of the Chief District Officer (CDO).

According to Mr Thakur, he was taking interview with CDO about human rights violation, focusing on the recent abductions and subsequent murder in the district on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day.

Earlier, he had made the news about the abduction of two persons, extortions demanded by unknown gang thereafter and recent discovery of the murdered, decomposed bodies from different parts of the district.

Freedom Forum vehemently condemns the death threat issued on journalist and strongly demands the higher level of police to take action on SP, and provide security to the journalist.

It is quite appalling that the security body, shouldering responsibility of providing security to the country and people, themselves emerge terrorizing to the people. Moreover, the incident occurred before the CDO, chief administrative officer in the district.