Reporter with the Nepal Television from Kanchanpur district, Padam Bohara, was manhandled and threatened of physical attack by police officers while reporting on December 28. Kanchanpur district is in Far West Province.
FF representative for Province 7, DR Pant, informed that reporter Bohara was manhandled while reporting on the illegal construction of cottages on the land of Municipality Development Committee.
"Police officers not only attacked the reporter but also seized his television camera and damaged it. They also threatened him of physical attack if he continued reporting," said representative Pant quoting reporter Bohara.
Freedom Forum vehemently condemns the incident as it is violation of press freedom. Nepal police being the security authority of the country should be aware about rights of press freedom and journalists' right to free reporting. Hence, FF urges the concerned authority to fairly investigate upon the case and ensure free reporting atmosphere to journalists.
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