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Maoist party cadres thrash reporter, police seize reporter's camera

Reporter with the Radio Dolpa, Subarna Kumar Dangi, was attacked by the cadres of the Young Communist League, a youth wing of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) in Dolpa, a distant mountainous district in the west of Nepal, in the evening of November 8, 2013.

The National News Agency (RSS) of Nepal wrote, "Reporter Dangi who was injured seriously said he was assaulted by six cadres of the YCL saying, 'He is the man writing news about us. So, let's break his hand.'"
He was beaten at Phulpani of Liku VDC while going to home of Dangiwada in the district.

In a separate incident, Raju Bishwokarma, reporter with the RSS from Saptari, a district in the southern plain of Nepal, was misbehaved by the security persons at the country border on November 7, 2013.

According to reporter Bishwokarma, he was manhandled and had his camera seized by security persons while he was visualizing on a security person taking bribes from the people bringing daily goods illegally from abroad.
The security persons were the Armed Police Force mobilized from Dantakalli Battalion of the district.
However, later, the armed police persons had returned camera deleting the image and clips.

Freedom Forum condemns both of these incidents which have violated the press freedom and people's right to information. We strongly urge both the Maoist party and the security body to respect press freedom which is a significant key to democracy.

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