Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the Federation of Nepali
Journalists (FNJ), in calling on Nepal’s Home Minister to publicly
condemn the violence and abuse against journalists and media houses which has
intensified since October.
According to the FNJ, daily
reports of violence by members of the public, organised political groups and
unidentified gangs pose a serious safety crisis for journalists, for whom Nepal’s
Government is not providing adequate protection.
A correspondent for Gorkhapatra Daily, Rajesh Chamling Rai,
was attacked by a group of protesters at a student union demonstration in
Ghantaghar, Kathmandu, on November 24. His
notebook and important papers were confiscated and destroyed.
On November 21, Bharat Adhikari,
of Himal Media, was verbally threatened by a man reportedly connected to the Maoist
Trade Union in a separate incident in Banepa in the Kavre district of
Kathmandu. The threats were mainly related to content in the current edition of
The Himal Media group has been
subjected to a succession of threats and physical attacks, including repeated
death threats against three Himal journalists
and an arson attack on the office of the group’s distributors in Maitigahr, Kathmandu, on November 16.
On October 25, a Himal Media van
was badly damaged while transporting the company’s chief executive officer when
attackers on motorbikes threw rocks at it.
“Acts of violence against journalists
and media houses will impede Nepal’s
democratic transition, as a free media and freedom of expression are integral
to a successful transition,” IFJ Asia-Pacific
“Protection and safety for
individual journalists and media workers must be a priority for all media
The IFJ joins the FNJ in appealing
Home Minister to honour his responsibility to protect journalists in their
professional work, and to assist in efforts to raise awareness among the public
about the social benefits of an independent and critical media.
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