Yet again due to security officials intimidation, five journalists were injured in an attack while covering news of a demonstration launched by Nepal Congress youth wing Tarun Dal in the capital on July 21. Kathmandu lies in Province 3.
As per FF's representative for province 3 Ashok Dahal, , five journalist namely Ajay Babu Siwakoti, Chief Editor of hamrakura.com and General Secretary of Nepal Press Union, Maheshwar Gautam affiliated to Rajdhani Daily, Nibesh Kumar affiliated to New 24, Skanda Gautam and Praveen Maharjan affiliated to The Himalayan Times were severely injured after security officials attacked them in the protest against the government.
Police fired 23 rounds of teargas shells at a rally organized by Tarun Dal, youth wing of main opposition Nepali Congress and baton charged journalists. All injured journalists are under treatment in Civil Hospital, Baneshwor.
Freedom Forum condemns the intimidation against the journalist and urges the government to stop such actions that obstructs journalist's right to free reporting. Attacking journos physically and inflicting injuries is the sheer violation of press freedom. The police intervention against journalists is a serious threat to free press and freedom of expression guaranteed by the constitution. FF urges the concerned authority to take action against the attackers and respect press freedom.
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