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Reporter Manhandled, Barred From Reporting

Purna BK, a reporter with the Kantipur daily from Tanahu, a hilly district in the western region of Nepal, was manhandled and verbally abused while he was reporting on an incident of ethnic discrimination. He was manhandled by a local Surendra Adhikari in Damauli of Tanahu on October 1, 2013.

Talking to Freedom Forum's media monitoring desk, reporter BK said, "When I reached Damauli for reporting on ethnic discrimination, a local Surendra Adhikari said, 'you journalist don't need to write about this issue. You only exaggerate discrimination'."

He further said Adhikari also spoke foul words to him.

In a separate incident, sports journalists were barred from entering a stadium to report and visualize boxing and football competitions in the capital city on September 25, 2013. A dozen of journalists were barred from entering the stadium despite they showed identity cards along with the pass issued by football association.

Freedom Forum condemns both of these incidents which are against press freedom and citizen's right to information. Freedom Forum therefore urges the concerned authorities and the person not to violate people's fundamental right of press freedom and of right to information. Such incidents are against professional journalism.