Continuing Assaults on Journalists by Political Cadre in Nepal

The International Federation of

Journalists joins partners in affiliates in Nepal in denouncing an incident in

Kavre district in the central region of the country, in which cadres of the

Young Communist League (YCL) assaulted and seriously injured a number of

journalists who had gathered to cover an event involving three senior leaders

of the United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), including Prime Minister

Baburam Bhattarai.

 

The YCL is the youth affiliate of

the Maoist party, which leads the government in Nepal today.

 

Reports from the Federation of

Nepali Journalists (FNJ) indicate that the incident occurred on January 29, and

was followed immediately afterwards by a number of threats being made against

news photographers who had recorded the attacks.

 

The FNJ has identified six

journalists who suffered injury in the incident, including Bhola Thapa, the

federation’s advisor in Kavre district; and Motiram Timilsina, secretary of the

district chapter. Krishna Neupane of the local radio station Grace FM is

believed to have been seriously hurt and is now under treatment in Kathmandu.

 

According to the FNJ, the

substantial police contingent present at the venue, did nothing to prevent the

attack.

 

“We note that this incident marks

the second serious assault on the media in a little over a week, following the forced flight of a

number of journalists from the far-western district of Dailekh, following the

arrest of a number of Maoist activists over the arrest of a journalist”, said

the IFJ Asia-Pacific.

 

“We urge the local administration

in Kavre to identify the miscreants behind the latest incident and proceed

under the law against them”.

 

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further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0950

 

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