The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) supports
the ongoing program of nationwide protests by the Federation of Nepali
Journalists (FNJ) to demand quick and accountable action by the Government of Nepal in defending
media freedom and security.
protest campaign was sparked by the brutal murder of a young print and radio
journalist, Uma Singh, in the south-eastern Nepali town of Janakpur on January 11.
of intimidation and harassment of the media community by cadre of the United
Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) – the main constituent of the ruling
coalition in the country – have also been reported.
protests involved signature campaigns in all districts and the symbolic
presentation of broken pens to district-level government representatives.
signatures were subsequently collated and appended to a memorandum submitted to
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on January 22,
demanding that the murderers of Uma Singh be brought to justice without delay.
have also been held between the FNJ, an IFJ affiliate, and numerous media
organisations, civil society groups and the political parties to discuss
security and seek an end to the prevailing culture of impunity for attacks on
learns that several arrests have been made in the Uma Singh murder
investigation, although formal
charges have not yet been laid.
“The IFJ calls
on authorities in Nepal
to make the investigation into Uma Singh’s murder a conspicuous case of
upholding the rule of law,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.
Government and its authorities must implement strong measures to end the
culture of impunity for attacks on the media in Nepal.”
further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific
on +612 9333 0919
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