Attacks and Threats against Journalists in Nepal

 The International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Federation of Nepali Journalists

(FNJ) in strongly condemning the death threats made against television reporter

Arjun Shrestha by associates of a businessman in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.


According to reports received from

the FNJ and other partners in the South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN), Milan Bista and BN Jha,

employees of Sitaram Milk, a dairy company in the city, arrived at Shrestha’s home in

Koteswor, Kathmandu on October 18 and

threatened to “finish” him in retaliation for a news report he had filed on the



Shrestha was also allegedly

manhandled when he warned the intruders that he would summon the police.


In his reports filed for ABC

Television Shrestha had highlighted how certain standards of safety and quality

control were not being observed by the company.


“The IFJ joins

the FNJ and other SAMSN partners in calling for a sustained effort to hold to account

those responsible for intimidating journalists and impeding reporting in the

public interest,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said .



from political and business quarters have become a frequent hazard for

journalists in Nepal.

We call upon the authorities to establish a strong precedent of acting promptly

and fairly in this case.”



For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919



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