The International Federation of Journalist (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in expressing serious concern over the threats reportedly against a journalist by a staffer of the District Veterinary Office in Panchthar District, in Nepal’s Eastern region on July 18, 2012.
Since the District Veterinary Office is an establishment under the Nepal government, the offender here is a public servant, subject to the relevant rules of discipline.
According to representatives of FNJ’s Panchthar Chapter, Deepak Dulal, affiliated with radio station Eagle FM was visiting the office to investigate complaints of poor service when he was threatened.
The FNJ allege that similar incidents of threatening journalists have occurred repeatedly in the district.
The IFJ joins the FNJ in strongly condemning the incident, and requests all concerned parties to respect press freedom and freedom of expression.
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