Fears for Journalist Missing in Nepal

 

 

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has

learnt with great concern that Jagat Joshi, a reporter with the Nepali daily Janadisha,

has been missing from Attariya town in Kailali district in Nepal’s far west since

October 8.

 

Joshi is

district chairman of the Revolutionary Journalists' Association, according to

the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), an IFJ-affiliate.

 

The

president of FNJ’s Kailali district chapter has lodged a report on Joshi’s disappearance

with local police.

 

A team of FNJ

office bearers from the national and district levels met the Chief District

Officer to impress upon him the urgency of investigating the circumstances of Joshi’s

disappearance.

 

Joshi had

reportedly gone to Attariya on October 8, with plans to visit Kathmandu

the following day. He has not been heard from since.

 

“The IFJ joins

the FNJ in expressing concern about increasing instances of media rights

violations and direct and indirect threats faced by journalists in Nepal,” IFJ Asia-Pacific said.

 

In a

separate incident, Dinesh Thapa, a member of the FNJ’s Sindhupalchowk district

chapter, and Netra Paudel, a correspondent for Sindhu Prabaha weekly,

were attacked on November 12 in Sindhupalchowk in central Nepal by

demonstrators preparing for a general strike.

 

According

to the FNJ, the two journalists were severely beaten by demonstrators who accused

them of not arriving at the venue of their mobilisation in time and being

indifferent to their interests.

 

“The IFJ denounces

efforts by various groups to assume editorial powers over the media,” IFJ Asia-Pacific said.

 

“Nepal has

credible forums for grievance redress in matters involving the media, which

should be used by the public to create a healthy and respectful relationship

with the journalism profession.”

 

For

further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

 

The

IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 120 countries