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Threats of physical actions

An unknown person has threatened of action to Shambhu Shrestha, Chief Editor of the Drishti weekly, over the news the weekly published on September 3, 2013.

According to the weekly, an unknown person was threatening Editor Shrestha of physical action regarding a news story.

In a separate incident, cadres of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) threatened reporter Purna Prasad Neupane of assault on September 9, 2013. Neupane reports from Okhaldhunga, a hilly district in the eastern part of Nepal, to the Commander Post daily published from the capital city.

According to reporter Nupane, the UCPN (Maoist) cadres said to him, "Why did you write news about our party? We'll attack you at any time."

Freedom Forum condemns both incidents where the rights of journalists are suppressed. It has hindered the free flow of information and citizens' right to information. The concerned authorities need to provide security to the journalists to fend off possible attack.