Reporter to Nabajagriti weekly Badri Narayan Yadav was attacked by Nepal Army for reporting news on May 13 in Siraha, a district in Province 2 of Nepal.
According to FF's representative Rajan Singh, reporter Yadav was taking pictures of Nepal army officials who were on-duty to enforce lockdown. Even after revealing his identity as a reporter, one of the army officers beat him with a pipe questioning who he was to click the pictures of the army.
Reporter Yadav got deep bruises on his back due to attack.
Freedom Forum vehemently condemns the attack upon journalist. Beating journalist on-duty amid threat of COVID19 pandemic is a blatant violation of press freedom. Security officers should be aware that journalists are obliged to perform their duty even during lockdown. Hence, FF strongly urges the concerned authority to respect rights of journalists and help create fear-free atmosphere for them.
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