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Reporter receives death threat over the news published

A private school principal at Lahan city of southern plain in Nepal issued death threat to correspondent with Naya Patrika daily, Dilip Singh, for a news on March 20.

Reporter Singh was threatened of life over the news published on arrest of fake invigilator from exam hall during the ongoing Secondary Education Examination.

During telephonic conversation with Freedom Forum, reporter Singh shared, "In the evening around 4:30 pm while I was writing news, Principal of a local Ideal English Boarding School, Murari Saha, suddenly approached me, and threatened of hacking to death into asking why I wrote the news. Saha’s school’s centre was also allocated at the same school where the arrest took place."

Reporter Singh argues that he had covered the news after witnessing the invigilator helping students cheat during the exam and the subsequent arrest from onsite.

Chief District Officer and the police officers were informed in writing after the death threat, the reporter added.

Freedom Forum strongly condemns the incident that is a gross violation of press freedom. It was an attack on journalist's right to free reporting. The security agency including the Chief District Officer must be aware to prevent a possible attack on reporter Singh. The teacher, despite being an aware citizen in the society, emerged hostile to media person, which is quite abhorring.

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