Reporter with the Kantipur daily from Nuwakot, Krishna Thapa, received a death threat over the publication of news against Tara Bahadur Karki, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nuwakot on 24 October. Nuwakot is a hilly district adjoining the capital city.
The news published in Kantipur daily on 22 October was about the sale of inedible beaten rice from a food store owned by Tara Bahadur Karki. Local administration found the beaten rice unhygienic during the market monitoring.
Talking to Freedom Forum, reporter Thapa said, "It was last Sunday, Tara Bahadur called me over telephone and threatened of life reasoning the publication of news on the sale of unhygienic food from his store."
Freedom Forum condemns the intimidation, for it is a gross violation of press freedom. This has not only panicked the reporter but also contributed to self censorship, jeopardizing the fear-free atmosphere for reporting. The entrepreneurs need to be aware of journalists' rights, and security aware of possible risk/attack on reporter Thapa.
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