Youth Activists Threaten Journalists in Nepal

 

 

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is horrified that young

political activists in Nepal

have again issued violent threats against media personnel for the content of

their reporting.

 

According to the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), an IFJ affiliate,

Young Communist League (YCL) cadre threatened to “cut into pieces” four

journalists who went to report on a confrontation between the activists and

local people in Lamgunj, central Nepal, on June 8.

 

The FNJ said the journalists were Avenus Television correspondent Milan

Sharma Danai, Sagarmatha Television and Ujyalo Network reporter Asha Gurung

Prateek, Lamjung Mirror editor Anajan

Kumar Himali, and INSEC (Human Rights) Lamgunj representative Krisha Prasad

Adhikari.

 

Danai, Prateek and Adhikari are also regional office-holders of the FNJ.

 

“Threats by political activists or other members of the public against

journalists demonstrate a failure to understand the role of the media and the

responsibility of journalists in promoting good governance and transparency,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

The IFJ joins the FNJ in condemning the actions of the YCL

cadre in threatening journalists and urges all political groups in Nepal to

ensure their supporters are made aware that attacks and threats against the

media are unlawful.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919

 

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