IFJ Backs Call for Action on Nepal Journalist’s Murder

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.

 

The

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.

 

Several incidents

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.

 

The recent

protests involved signature campaigns in all districts and the symbolic

presentation of broken pens to district-level government representatives.

 

All

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.

 

Meetings

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

media personnel.

 

The IFJ

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.

 

“The

Government and its authorities must implement strong measures to end the

culture of impunity for attacks on the media in Nepal.”

 

For

further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

 

The

IFJ represents over 600,000

journalists in 120 countries