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Journalist Injured in Police Action

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

Adhikari'.


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

book.