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Female reporter manhandled

Female reporter manhandled

Photosource: www.kapurinews.com

Reporter to https://www.kapurinews.com/ Rashmi Pradhan was manhandled while reporting on January 1 in Sunsari. Sunsari lies in Koshi Province of Nepal.

According to reporter Pradhan, she was reporting on the ongoing preparations for Dharan Day at a public school using her mobile phone.

“I heard public dispute at the place and tried to report on it. But, Dharan Sub metropolitan executive member BIkash Bhati abused me and seized my mobile. Another person named Ratan Limbu also threatened of attack stating it was their personal issue”, she shared.

"Although I told them that I did not record any video but they did not listen to me", she added. Later, they returned her mobile. 

Reporter Pradhan has filed a complaint at the Area Police Office, Sunsari on January 2.

Evidently, it was a public issue and dispute occurred at public place, so it deserved to be reported.

On January 5, Bhati apologized to reporter Pradhan in front of police and promised not to repeat such behaviour with anyone in future.

Freedom Forum condemns the incident. Abusing a journalist and seizing his/ her reporting device is a sheer violation of press freedom. The local authority is strongly urged to apologize for his misbehavior towards a working journalist. The investigating authority is further urged to fairly investigate the case to help ensure safe atmosphere for reporting.

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