International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Federation of Nepali Journalists
(FNJ) in expressing serious concerns over police complicity in an assault on
journalist Lila Nath Ghimire on August 15.
a journalist with Fast Times dailybased in Dharan, in eastern Nepal,
was attacked by a gang of youths while reporting on an incident at a restaurant
involving Senior Superintendent of Police Mingmar Lama.
gang, reportedly led byan individual namedThaman Gurung and
allegedly working with the approval of the superintendent, attacked Ghimire
with a glass, causing serious injury to his right eye.
was assaulted after being denied entry to the restaurant, while investigating
reports that Lama was intoxicated and engaged in “inappropriate behaviour” at
quickly left the restaurant when he learnt of the presence of reporters,
according toDharan Municipal Youth Force coordinator Devhang Rai,
who witnessed the incident.
IFJ demands that Ghimire’s attackers are prosecuted without delay, and that a
full investigation into their alleged connections with the police superintendent
be conducted,” IFJ Asia-Pacific
Director Jacqueline Park said.
is undergoing treatment for his injuries in the Koirala Institute of Health
and Sciences in Dharan.
Lama has denied any involvement in the attack, and
said investigations into the assault were under way.
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