Freedom Forum has been concerned over press freedom violations occurred in Tanahu, a western hilly district and in Pokhara, a hilly city in the western region of Nepal on 29 March 2013.
In Tanahu, Sub-Editor at the Tanahu weekly, Saroj Pokhrel, reporter to the Bhanjyang daily, Narayan Khadka, and reporter to the Damauli FM, Pratap Rana, and active women journalist Soni Khaniya were assaulted by the demonstrators protesting the death of a person in police detention.
According to a reporter at the Damauli FM, Pradeep Kaphle, the mob during the demonstration, assaulted the journalists as soon as it found them in press jackets.
A video camera belonging to Sub-Editor Pokhrel was seized by the mob.
Freedom Forum condemns both incidents which are violative of the press freedom and journalists' profession. Also, these are against citizen's right to information. Freedom Forum urges strongly to the concerned protesters to respect press freedom and return the camera without damage.
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