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Editor and Publisher Issued Death Threat over News Report

On the night of November 22, editor, and publisher of a local Sakshi Post daily, respectively- Santosh Yadav and Bijay Yadav were issued death threats over a news report the daily published in Siraha, a district in the southern plain of Nepal.

Talking to the Freedom Forum, editor Yadav, said a person named Devnath Yadav but calling himself Ram Shankar Yadav, threatened him and publisher Bijay of taking their lives over the news they reported on microbus carrying overload of passengers in the district.

The news was published some two weeks back in the Sakshi daily.

The man belongs to the Sagarmatha Magic Microbus Entrepreneurs' Association.
Meanwhile, the police have arrested Devnath Yadav and initiated action.

It was also learnt later that a political party leader questioned editor Yadav of why he complained against microbus entrepreneur in the police.

Shantosh had also got death threat through facebook over a news report a year back as well.

Freedom Forum condemns the death threat on the media persons, as it has violated the press freedom and challenged media persons' right to life and independent reporting. The police action is however appreciative. Also condemnable is the political part cadre's efforts to suppress journalists' rights. FF believes that the police would make aware the transport entrepreneurs on press freedom and journalist's right to free reporting.

For more information,
Freedom Forum
01-4102030/ 4102022