IFJ Calls For Accountability after Nepali Journalist’s Arrest

The International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the Federation of Nepali Journalists

(FNJ), in calling for full accountability from the authorities over an incident

in which a journalist was reportedly taken in by the police and questioned in what

appears to be an attempt at intimidation.


According to reports received

from the FNJ, Suman Malla, Station In-Charge of Radio Mugu in the mid-western

region of Nepal, was arrested at his office on December 14, a few days after

his station broadcast a news item on weapons smuggling in the region. The district

administration apparently claimed that the arrest was made after Malla refused

to clarify certain aspects about the news broadcast.


The FNJ has called on the

district administration to explain its actions which in its words, constitute a

serious assault on the “right of a journalist to report on matters that concern

the general public”.


Nepal’s national law allows for

various other means through which government authorities and the general public

can seek redress for grievances occasioned by media reporting.


The FNJ has, in the context of

the recent incident, reiterated its longstanding conviction that the government

should adopt the lawful course, rather than employ tactics of arrest and




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