The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has expressed its shock and anger over news that editor-in-chief of Nomin television, B. Tsevegmind, was beaten by unknown attackers outside of her offices on July 6, and hospitalised for treatment.
IFJ President Christopher Warren said, “This appalling attack is of the most serious nature and must be treated as such. Violence against anyone trying to carry out their job is unacceptable and can not be tolerated.”
On June 11, Nomin aired an investigative television program entitled Forbidden to Watch, which covered the fate of privatisation vouchers for more than 9000 Edrenet employees.
According to local reports, Tsevegmind received threats during and after the program, including reported threats from the Erdenet Brokerage Company director, who allegedly warned her that the issue being covered was complicated and that she could be killed for interfering.
Local police are reportedly investigating the incident.
“The IFJ calls upon the police to find the perpetrators of this violent and senseless attack and ensure they face justice,” Warren said.
“Furthermore the IFJ calls for greater protection, rights and support for journalists working in Mongolia to ensure they are able to carry out their professional duties without fear of further targeted attacks.”
For more information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +61 2 9333 0919
The IFJ represents over 500,000 journalists in 120 countries worldwide