Security officials misbehaved with and manhandled journalist Prakash Upadhaya on July 19 while he was 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 Upadhaya is associated with AP1 Television.
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.
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