Security personnel intervened in a peaceful sit-in of journalists, who were
demanding reinstatement of journalist Shiva Regmi at the Metro FM - a radio
operated by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) - in the Capital city of
Kathmandu on May 6, 2013.
Jeevan Bhandari, a journalist with Kathmandu-based Nepal Bani FM had his leg
fractured in the police action while others sustained minor injuries.
The accident took place when police prevented journalists who had reached to
the office of the KMC from entering the office, demanding reinstatement of
their colleague Shiva Regmi to his office.
Police barred journalists from organizing a sit-in protest at the main gate
of office and pushed them back. Journalist Regmi who had been working at the
Metro FM (94.6) megahertz for the past ten years was sacked by the FM
management a month ago.
Bhandari is undergoing treatment at Model Hospital, Kathmandu.
The agitating journalists have accused the Metro FM of sacking Regmi without
any reason while FM management said journalist Regmi was not maintaining
official discipline being irregular to office.
Talking to the media monitoring desk at Freedom Forum over the telephone
from the hospital, Bhandari said, 'The KMC management opted to dodge them by
even not receiving their memorandum addressed to KMC Kedar Bahadur
Freedom Forum condemns the brazen attack of security personnel on
journalists, who were staging peaceful sit-in to have asserted their right
to demand professional security. The Forum asks the government to
investigate into the incident and bring those guilty security personnel to