The International Federation of
Journalists joins partners in affiliates in Nepal in denouncing an incident in
Kavre district in the central region of the country, in which cadres of the
Young Communist League (YCL) assaulted and seriously injured a number of
journalists who had gathered to cover an event involving three senior leaders
of the United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), including Prime Minister
The YCL is the youth affiliate of
the Maoist party, which leads the government in Nepal today.
Reports from the Federation of
Nepali Journalists (FNJ) indicate that the incident occurred on January 29, and
was followed immediately afterwards by a number of threats being made against
news photographers who had recorded the attacks.
The FNJ has identified six
journalists who suffered injury in the incident, including Bhola Thapa, the
federation’s advisor in Kavre district; and Motiram Timilsina, secretary of the
district chapter. Krishna Neupane of the local radio station Grace FM is
believed to have been seriously hurt and is now under treatment in Kathmandu.
According to the FNJ, the
substantial police contingent present at the venue, did nothing to prevent the
“We note that this incident marks
the second serious assault on the media in a little over a week, following the forced flight of a
number of journalists from the far-western district of Dailekh, following the
arrest of a number of Maoist activists over the arrest of a journalist”, said
the IFJ Asia-Pacific.
“We urge the local administration
in Kavre to identify the miscreants behind the latest incident and proceed
under the law against them”.
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