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Maoist Party Cadres Assault Journo Ghimire

 

Leela Ghimire, reporter with the Karobar daily, was assaulted by the cadres of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist in the capital city, Kathmandu, on March 14, 2013.

Talking to Freedom Forum's media monitoring desk, Mr Ghimire said, "While I was going to office on a scooter, the CPN-Maoist cadres attacked me from behind at Thapathali Chowk although I had carried and shown my press card."

The cadres of the CPN-Maoist were demonstrating in the streets of the capital city against making new prime minister to the Chief Justice.

Due to the attack, journalist Ghimire had his little finger (left hand) broken and underwent operation.

Such incidents are largely responsible for fear and self-censorship among Nepali journalists. Also, it shows how negatively the Maoist cadres regard the press and media persons.

Freedom Forum condemns the incident and urges the authorities concerned to book the attackers and mete out justice.