With the mounting violent demonstrations in the southern plains of the country, the protestors hurled a petrol bomb at the home of Ram Sarraf, reporter to the Himalayan Times daily in Birgunj, a city in central region, on Sunday evening. However, no big damage was reported.
Similarly, on Monday afternoon, former lawmaker Baban Singh publicly threatened three journalists of Rauthat district reasoning they brought the news against protests in southern plains.
According to Uttam Upadhyay, reporter to the National News Agency (RSS), in a live radio interview with a local Kohinoor FM in Rautahat, former lawmaker Singh threatened Gautam Shrestha of Avenues TV, Madam Thakur of the Nagarik daily and Shiva Puri of the Kantipur daily of killing by setting on fire or shooting.
Rautahat is another district in the southern plains where the protestors are escalating the agitations.
Reporter Upadhyay added, "It is quite scary to go for field reporting, for they can be attacked at any time by the protestors. The protestors are accusing media of writing news in a way it would suppress their agitations."
Freedom Forum vehemently condemns both of these incidents as these are blatant violations of press freedom.
To this, Freedom Forum Chairperson Taranath Dahal comments, "Peaceful protest is the rights, but making agitation violent and panicking journalists and common citizens is never a good practice. Through dialogue, we can solve problems and make society peaceful where citizens' rights are protected."
Also, Freedom Forum requests the concerned security persons and local administration to keep a vigil on the agitators in view of the possible attacks on journalists.
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