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Journalists Still Under Tough Time

Freedom Forum Nepal is concerned over the anti-press incidents occurred in different parts of the country within a past couple of days.

Nepal Police manhandled and detained reporter for the Kantipur National Daily, Jaya Bahadur Rokaya, at the latter's house in Nepalgunj, the western Terai district of Nepal, on November 19.

'The police personnel roughed up me while I was opting for mediating a quarrel between Radio Nepal Technician Ram Chandra Budha and a police at around 8 PM Saturday in front of my own home', journalist Budha speaks to Freedom Forum Press Freedom Monitoring Desk.

Rokaya has his cloth torn apart and wrist lost in the incident. 'Police put me under bar for two hours without any reason', the journalist added.

Police declined to say anything regarding the detention of and mental and physical torture meted out to journalist.

Condemning the incidents carried out in a bid to gag press and curtail people's right to get information, Freedom Forum urged the local administration to investigate into the incidents and take proper action to create congenial environment for journalists to work in an uninterrupted manner. The Forum also called for the sides concerned to resort to legal recourse if the media content is deemed unsatisfactory.

For more information,
Freedom Forum
01-4102030/ 4102022