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Police detains journalist briefly

Police arrested Debendra Raj Poudel, associated with the Dainik Nepalgunj, published from Banke, a district in the western city of Nepal.

In the night of June 29, Police Inspector Dipendra Kumar Pal arrested journalist Poudel, while he was going to press carrying newspaper plates.

However, the police had to release the journalist as he informed the colleagues about his arrest.

According to senior journalist in Banke, Niraj Gautam, the police inspector was drunk and he arrested journalist Poudel without any reason.

"Poudel had shown his press card but the police did not leave him," said Gautam, adding that the District Police Office later committed to taking action on inspector Pal.

Freedom Forum condemns the incident and strongly urges the police persons to respect press freedom and not to harass the journalists.

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