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Attack, Death Threat and Threats of Action on Journalists


A timber trader named Prakash Rai from Nuwakot, a district neighbrouing to the capital city, attacked Ramhari Neupane over the news reporting on smuggled wood on January 22.

Talking to Freedom Forum's Media Monitoring Desk, reporter Neupane said, "I had made a news story on smuggling of wood by a timber trader Rai, which was telecast on Wednesday evening. For the follow up, I went together with a team from the district forest office which was raiding the timber shop. But owner Rai, all of a sudden attacked me with fist and kicked, saying why I made the news without asking him."

He added that he escaped the injury shouting for help from the locals. Owner Rai attacked reporter Neupane when the forest office employees were inside the timber shop.

Death Threat

A district cadre of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), Durga Kafle, issued death threat to Bishnu Prasad Neupane, a reporter with the Gorkhapatra daily from the district, on January 23, over the news on recent nationwide banda (general shutdown) the Maoist-led alliance organized.
Journalist Neupane informed that he had written news about the banda in local Manma bazaar of the district, and the Maoist cadres threatened him of taking life over it.

He has filed applications at the District Administration Office and District Police Office seeking security and safety.

It is learnt that Kafle is also a district treasurer of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ).

Maoist Party Threatens Editor of Attack in capital city

On January 22, leader of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), Agni Sapkota, publicly issued threat of actions to Tanka Pant, editor with Nepal Samacharpatra daily published from the capital city.

"Our party has every record which journalist is writing what kind of news. The party will certain take action against such journalist," said editor Pant quoting leader Sapkota.

Freedom Forum vehemently condemns these incidents as there are the gross violations of press freedom. It is quite abhorring that the leader of the apolitical party was labeling threat of action on the journalists, who covered news the political developments. Similarly, the erosion of ethics and turning terrific to fellow journalists is another point to denounce. FF strongly urges the concerned authority to provide safety and security to the journalists seeking protection and also urges the
Maoist parties to abide by the democratic principles of respecting freedom of expression and press freedom. The Maoist party must respect the healthy criticism the media makes on its activities. The threat is the suppression on press freedom. So, it needs to mend its ways.

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