Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Federation of Nepali
Journalists (FNJ) in demanding an immediate government investigation into the
abduction of journalist Keshav Bohara in Nepal’s mid-west on June 30.
Bohara had reportedly received death threats in recent
weeks, in relation to his reporting for Mandavi Radio in the town of Tiram, Pyuthan district.
The FNJ reports that Bohara’s comments on May 27 about a Maoist cadre’s involvement in a land
dispute and subsequent delays to a housing project had attracted threats
from an unknown group.
Bohara then alerted his colleagues,
local authorities, the Nepal Congress and Communist Party of Nepal officials about
the threats and his concerns for his personal safety.
Immediately after his abduction, Bohara’s colleagues
reported receiving a call from Bohara’s telephone in which his cries for help
could be heard clearly.
A delegation from the FNJ’s Pyuthan chapter is collaborating with local police to investigate
the whereabouts of Bohara. A mission team from the FNJ’s central committee is
also investigating the case.
of Keshav Bohara is just
the latest case of a political group in Nepal taking the law into their own
hands,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director
Jacqueline Park said.
“The IFJ demands that Nepal’s authorities conduct a full
and far-reaching investigation to ensure the prompt safe return of Bohara and to
prosecute those responsible.”
Meanwhile, a member of the Youth Force affiliated to the Communist
Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) vandalised the office of Janasamsad Daily in Jhapa, Terai district after the
paper reported on the force’s alleged involvement in a criminal matter.
Youth Force central committee member
Raju Karki is reported to have invaded the newspaper’s office and damaged the
organisation’s furniture as retribution for the report.
The IFJ and the FNJ condemn such acts of intimidation, and call
on the CPN-UML to direct all members and associates to respect the media’s
right to report in the public interest.
Compensation should be paid for the damaged equipment, and the
CPN-UML party administration should duly punish members who engage in such attacks
on the media.
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