Journalist Abducted And Assaulted In Nepal

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is appalled to learn of the abduction and assault

of Sushil Dhungana, publisher of the Ghodaghodi weekly in Nepal’s

far-western district of Kailali on November 15.

 

According to the Federation of Nepali

Journalists (FNJ), an IFJ affiliate, Dhungana was snatched while on his way

from one district town to another by five persons on motorcycles. Dhungana was

taken to an isolated spot in a community forest and his fingers slit with a

blade. He was held for three hours and told by his captors that he was paying

for what he had written.

 

Dhungana had published a news item

on November 14 titled "Smuggling and Commission”, highlighting the

increasing levels of corruption in the Kailali district, in Nepal’s southern plains bordering India.

 

“This is a brutal and appalling

attack on Sushil Dhungana, a journalist reporting on a matter of public

interest,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director

Jacqueline Park said.

 

“The IFJ joins its affiliates in Nepal

in demanding investigation of this serious assault, and urges Nepali

authorities to swiftly prosecute those responsible.”

 

 

 

For further information contact IFJ

Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ represents more than 600,000 journalists in 125

countries

 

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