Freedom Forum is concerned over an incident where journalists from various media houses were barred from reporting at Lahan of Siraha. Siraha District lies in Province 2 of Nepal.
The cadres of Chandra Kant Raut party, namely "Independent Madhesh alliance" barred journalists from reporting about the meeting held by the party on 18 March 2019. The meeting on Monday renamed party as Janmat Party and made the decision about various future aspects of the party. Journalists gathered to report the event were barred from entering the meeting area.
Freedom Forum condemns the incident as every journalist has right to report on the issue of public interest. Barring journalists from covering the issue of public interest and politics are against press freedom. Hence, FF urges political party to respect press freedom and protect the right of journalists and be responsible for their duty towards the press.
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