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.
Similarly Freedom Forum's stringer for Province 7, DR Panta reported that reporter with Kailali- based Bardagoriya weekly and Janata Television Laxmi Jaisi was attacked by unknown person at mid-night on November 19.
Quoting reporter Jaisi, Panta said that he was attacked in his home while sleeping. He has attained severe injuries on head and forehead.
Reporter Jaisi is undergoing treatment in Nepalgunj Medical College, Banke.
The motive of attack is unknown yet and investigation is ongoing, according to Police.
Freedom Forum condemns such intimidation over journalists' at work by the political cadres. As the nation is in full swing to hold provincial and parliamentary polls, timely reporting and providing information to citizen is the right of media persons. Hence, FF urges political parties and security bodies to give priority to journalists' safety so as to ensure free flow of information.
As both political parties and media are the democracy pillars, the political cadres must respect the rights to media persons.
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