Journalist Threatened in Nepal

 

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate

the Federation

of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in its concern over reports that a journalist was

threatened by security officers in Banke, in Nepal’s central west, on April 17,

2012.

 

Dinesh Gautam, a

correspondent for the Nagarik Daily newspaper in Nepalgunj municipality, in Nepal’s Banke District, was allegedly

threatened by Raju Nepali, Nepal Army Colonel based in Imamnagar Barreck, in

response to stories he had written for the paper.

 

The Nagarik Daily had published a report

that seven local people had been assaulted by Colonel Raju Nepali on April 17,

2012.

 

In response, it is

alleged Colonel Raju telephoned Gautam and threatened him with harm should he

continue reporting on the case.

 

This incident follows

the making

of threats to another journalist, Rajendra Adhikari, editor and publisher

of Don News Daily and photo

journalist Bandhuram Parajuli, also of the Don

News Daily, by Gundaraj Shrestha 'Min', an activist of the UCPN, a Maoist

affiliated labour union, in response to stories published in Nepal’s western

region on April 13, 2012.

 

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