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Government officer attacks Reporter Budha, apologizes later

DB Budha, reporter with the Nagarik daily from Jumla, a remote mountainous district in the mid-western region of Nepal, was attacked by a government officer over a news story on August 18, 2013.

Account Officer at the District Development Committee (DDC) of Jumla, Mun Bahadur Rawal, attacked reporter Budha at Jumla airport for writing news about the absence of officers in the DDC office.

Talking to Freedom Forum's media monitoring desk, reporter Budha said, "Account officer Rawal even threatened of taking my life reasoning I had written a story about the absence of the officials in the DDC office including Rawal."

He argued that the news was factual.

Meanwhile, a news report has come that attacker Rawal apologized with reporter Budha later and promised not to repeat such incident but respect press freedom and people's right to information.

Freedom Forum condemns the incident and at the same time thanks account officer for realizing his mistake and commitment to respect press freedom.
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