Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in expressing
concern over reports of threats and attacks directed towards the media in Nepal
in the last week.
Reports indicate that on July 2, 2012, death
threats were issued to two journalists from the Nigarani Daily and that the following day the paper’s press was
to reports, the Nigarani Daily ‘s Editor Milan K. Raut and correspondent Tejan Khadka were threatened by
activists from UCPN,
a Maoist affiliated labour union, because of a story they published in Urlabari, Morang, in Nepal’s
Eastern region. The story was reportedly related to the altercation that took
place between the groups of Maoist member Susan Limbu and Nepali Congress Nine
Number president Khadag Fago, around June 18, 2012, which led to the deaths of two
The following day, on July 3, a
UCPN supporter vandalised the paper’s printing press, claiming that he had done
so on orders
from “someone outside”. The operating and vacuum systems were both disabled. The
same supporter was reportedly an employee at the printing press and is
currently in police custody.
The media in Nepal have
been subject to various press
freedom violations in recent months, and tactics of violence and intimidation
have been used against journalists as political tensions in the country have
In May, the IFJ condemned
a wave of violence against media practitioners in Nepal, as political
turmoil intensified, on the eve of the scheduled promulgation of a new
republican constitution, which ultimately failed.
the wake of the ongoing threats to journalists and press freedom in Nepal, the
IFJ calls on the authorities of Nepal to ensure that all journalists are
protected and that all threats made against them are investigated and those
responsible brought to justice.
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