With the elections to the House of Representative and Provincial parliament round the corner, the incidents against free reporting and peaceful gathering and campaigning has increased across the country.
Manang- based reporter with the National News Agency (RSS), Janata Television, and www.hamrakura.com, an online news portal, Nabin Lamichhane was manhandled while reporting on November 17 in Manang district. Manang is the smallest district situated in Province 4 of Nepal.
Talking to Freedom Forum, Reporter Lamichhane shared,"While I was video-reporting of a political rally and campaigning for election at around 5 pm; its cadres suddenly approached me and manhandled me, snatching my camera. However, few women saved me and my camera from getting assaulted. Later, I informed Chief District Officer about the incident.
Reporter Lamichhane added that he is still under the threat of attack as per information from other sources.
Freedom Forum condemns the incident as it is the breach of press freedom violation and urges the security agencies to look after the issue seriously.
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