Correspondent at Janakpur based Mithilanchal FM, Bikash Thakur Aryaa was manhandled by a police person in Janakpur on May 25, 2018. Janakpur is the capital city of Province 2.
Freedom Forum's representative for Province 2 reported that correspondent Thakur was manhandled while reporting on Ganga Aarti, a religious ritual performed in the evening.
Police Constable Badababu Yadav caught correspondent Thakur by his collar and not only slapped speaking foul on him but also seized his mobile, informed representative Singh.
Thereafter, Constable Yadav took him to the District Police Office and released him after an hour, Singh further said.
Freedom Forum condemns the incident as it is sheer violation of press freedom. Journalists' right to free reporting and right to information is constitutionally guaranteed, thus security body's intimidation is intolerable. Hence, FF strongly urges the concerned authority to take action against the culprit and ensure justice as well as safety to the working journalists.
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