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
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
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.
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