Concerns for Missing Journalist in Nepal

The International Federation of

Journalists share the serious concern expressed by its affiliate, the Federation

of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) about a radio journalist who went missing from

Taplejung, in Nepal’s Eastern Region on September 16.

 

Madan Poudel who is affiliated

with Nepal’s Radio Tamor 102, has been missing since the evening of September

16. He was last seen at Fulbari, Taplejung reportedly attending an event called

"Taplejung Dance Star 2069". 

 

The FNJ considers the incident to

be “suspicious as well as mysterious”.  The

journalist reportedly went missing the same day he had reached Fulbari.

 

"The IFJ is seriously concerned for the

wellbeing of Madan Poudel. We join the FNJ in

requesting that local authorities investigate the matter and launch an

immediate search for Poudel”, IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

The FNJ has also appealed

to human rights activists, civil society, journalists and media houses to help

in the search.

In as separate incident, the FNJ has condemned the death threat made against Madan

Thakur, treasurer of their Rautahat chapter, on September 24, by Prabin Pandey,

a teacher of the Buddha Secondary School.

 

According to FNJ reports, there was no

apparent reason for the death threat.

 

Violence,

threats and intimidation against journalists and other media personnel have

escalated in recent months.  

 

“In light of both of these worrying

incidents, we call on authorities in Nepal to take all necessary steps to

ensure the safety and wellbeing of journalists, to protect press freedom and thoroughly

investigate all instances of suspected violations”, Park said.


The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) took part in the

International Media Mission to Nepal from 23 to 27 February 2012 to assess the

media freedom situation in the country. The joint statement of the mission can

be found here.

 

 

For

further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0918

 

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