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Journalists injured in Police attack

 

 

Security officials misbehaved with and manhandled journalists LP Devkota and Prakash Upadhaya on July 19 while they were covering the news of security forces intervention in the peaceful protest of Dr Govinda KC in Jumla. Jumla lies in Province No 6 of Nepal.

Journalist Devkota and Upadhaya are associated with Kantipur daily and AP1 Television respectively.

As per the information sent by Freedom Forum’s Representative for Province No 6, Laxmi Bhandari, journalists Devkota and Upadhaya were covering the ongoing protest of Dr. Govinda KC while the government tried airlifting him to Kathmandu forcefully from Karnali Academy of Health Sciences.

Security officials snatched the journalists' cameras too.

According to the FF representative, Police started baton charge against protesters soon after Karnali Province's Chief Minister and Law Minister left the place.

The security personals misbehaved with the media persons and threatened to vandalize their equipment if they clicked photographs of the incidents.

Both journalists sustained injuries on hand, leg and back with the baton charge while taking photographs.

Freedom Forum condemns the incident that obstructed on journalist's right to free reporting. It is the sheer violation of press freedom. FF urges the concerned authority to take action against the attackers and respect press freedom.

 

For More Information

Freedom Forum

Thapathali, Kathmandu

Post Box No: 24292

Phone No. 4102030, 4102022

Website: www.nepalpressfreedom.org; www.freedomforum.org.np

Email: monitoring@freedomforum.org.np; info@freedomforum.org.np;