Kanchanpur-based reporter with Nepal Television Padam Bohara was manhandled and threatened of physical attack by police officers while reporting on December 28 at 11:00 pm. Kanchanpur district is situated in Province 7 of Nepal.
Freedom Forum's representative for Province 7 DR Panta 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 broke light and zoom of the camera. They also threatened him of physical attack if he continues reporting," said representative Panta 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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