Federation of Journalists (IFJ) learns with great distress that J.P. Joshi alias Pandit, a journalist missing since October 8 from his home in Nepal’s far-western district of
Kailali, may have been murdered.
According to information from the Federation
of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) and the National Union of Journalists (Nepal),
both IFJ affiliates, human remains
found in a forest in the far-west of Nepal have been identified by
Joshi’s family, on the basis of documents and other belongings found nearby.
The skeletal remains have been
referred for forensic examination to a hospital in Kathmandu.
Joshi was the editor of the
far-western editions of the Nepali language daily Janadisha. He was a
member of the FNJ and also president of the Kailali chapter of the Revolutionary
The IFJ urges Nepal’s authorities to pursue every
lead in investigating Joshi’s disappearance and suspected murder.
According to the FNJ, Joshi’s
family has identified two brothers as suspects. The brothers had been named by
Joshi in a recent report for alleged involvement in illicit trade in tiger
skins. One brother is now in custody, while the other is reported to have absconded.
The FNJ believes that certain
political forces, about whom Joshi had been sharply critical in recent writings,
could be involved.
The FNJ, in association with all
other organisations representing journalists in Nepal,
organised demonstrations in Kathmandu on
November 30 and in Janakpur on December 1 to press the case for a thorough
“The IFJ extends it solidarity to
the journalists of Nepal
in this hour of deep anguish and urges that thorough measures of security be
instituted for media workers who put themselves at risk by reporting on matters
of public interest,” IFJ Asia-Pacific
information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919
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