Authorities Must Act on Death Threats Against Nepali Journalist

The International Federation of

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

(FNJ) in calling for the immediate investigation of a death threat made against journalist

Hemanta Poudel, a reporter with the Samacharpatra daily on August 15 in the far western region of Nepal.


According to reports, a police

officer made the threats against Mr Poudel’s life on behalf of the local Superintendent of

Police Ghanashyam Aryal.


The threats followed the

publication of a report by Sudur Sandesh on August 12, which uncovered local police involvement in cross-border smuggling

between Nepal and India.


“Threats against journalists are

a serious violation of media rights and press freedom. They are particularly

disturbing when made by the very authorities charged with upholding the laws of

the country.” IFJ

Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.


“We call

on Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs to launch an immediate, independent investigate

into this serious allegation”.   





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