Journalist Threatened in Nepal

 

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in expressing concern over the

latest reports of threats against a journalist by a police officer in Lahan, in

Nepal’s eastern Siraha region on July 10, 2012.

 

Mithilesh Yadav, a Lahan-based journalist for Nagarik Daily was allegedly threatened

by a police constable over news published about continuing criminal activities

such as beatings, abductions and explosions in Lahan in the last five months.

 

Yadav reported that he was manhandled while he was on

assignment following up his report at the Police Office. Yadav alleges that

Senior Superintend of Police, Govinda Niraoula, told him on the phone that he

(Yadav) "would get what he deserves for his writings" and requested

him not to write negative about the police when a complaint was lodged about

the incident.

 

“The IFJ joins the FNJ in strongly condemning this latest

incident of journalist intimidation”, IFJ Asia-Pacific said.

 

“Investigating crime and criminal investigations is part of

the day-to-day responsibility of an effective, independent media. It does not

justify threats or intimidation”.

 

The IFJ calls on Nepal’s police force to demonstrate respect

for press freedom and the important role of journalists in serving the public

good.

 

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