Media Owner Murdered in Nepal


The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in condemning the murder of

Santosh Gupta, Media Owner and Managing Director of Birgunj based Bindas FM, in

the Central Region of Nepal on July 6, 2012.


According to news reports, Gupta had

established Bindas FM three months ago and was found dead with severe injuries

to his body in Musouriya village in Bihar State, India.


The management of Bindas FM allege

that Gupta went to Bihar after an unidentified person called and requested he

come to him talk about advertising for the FM station. 


It is reported that Bihar’s police

have arrested four local residents in connection with the incident.


“Attempts to silence or intimidate

the media through murder are an attack on the rights to freedom of expression

of all”, IFJ Asia-Pacific said.


“The IFJ joins the FNJ in expressing

its condolences to the family of Mr Gupta, and urges Nepal’s Government to investigate

the murder and ensure those responsible are identified and charged”.



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