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Cine artist threatens Journo of Life

Freedom Forum has been concerned over a death threat issued on Bijay Awaj, a reporter with an online news portal, www.onlinekhabar.com, in the capital city on April 2, 2013.

Nepali film star Sumina Ghimire threatened him of life and abused verbally on the phone over the analytical news about Nepali film published on the news site.

Talking to Freedom Forum's Media Monitoring Desk, reporter Awaj said, "I had written news about the trends in Nepali film. But, heroine Ghimire spoke foul to me and said she would kill me."

With a surge in the number of Nepali media in the recent times, issues regarding Nepali film industry have also come to media. But, the threats to media persons by the cine artists shows they are yet to acknowledge the value of media freedom and citizens' right to information.

Freedom Forum therefore condemns the incident and urges the concerned authority to provide security to fend off possible attack.