In another incident, on November 16, News Chief at a local Radio Marsyangdi, Yuvraj Shrestha, from Lamjung was issued death threat over a news story on black marketing of petrol.
"The radio aired a news story about black marketing of petrol from an Oil Store owned by Shree Kant Ghimire in the morning. In the evening, Ghimire came to my room and threatened of attack asking why I had aired the news," said News Chief Shrestha informing Freedom Forum.
FM radio stops news bulletin owing to pressure from agitating parties
A FM radio named Sanskar FM of Bara, a district in the southern plains of the country, has recently stopped airing bulletins on local news in view of the tremendous pressure from the agitating political parties.
Marketing Chief at the FM, Bholanath Poudel shared the woes that the FM station had received many letters from the United Democratic Madhesi Forum, an alliance of political parties waging agitation in the southern plains of the country.
Mr Poudel further said they not only burnt our newspaper named Sanskar Khabar daily, but gave pressure not to makes news about the activities of other political parties and the Constituent Assembly members who have signed for new constitution.
Freedom Forum vehemently condemns these incidents which have flatly violated press freedom, and journalists' right to free reporting. The UDMF needs to make aware its cadres not to violate journalists' right to free reporting while waging agitation. The growing pressure on media to halt news airing is quite against democratic values. It has obstructed free flow of information and citizen's right to information.
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