IFJ Calls for Police Accused of Death Threats in Nepal to be Disciplined

The International

Federation of Journalists has learnt with some concern about death threats

received by two journalists in the western Nepal

district of Rupandehi on May 13.

 

According to information

received from the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), an IFJ affiliate,

Bindu Kumar Chauhan and Kanhai Yadav allegedly received death threats by phone

from sub-inspector Dev Raj Aryal, of district police headquarters.

 

Unnamed personnel of the

district's mobile police squad also reportedly threatened the

journalists.

 

Mohan Chapagain,

president of the FNJ's Rupandehi chapter, said the journalists had attracted the

anger of the police for their reporting on smuggling in Nepal's

border areas.

The IFJ joins the FNJ in

denouncing the incident and calling on authorities to institute strong

disciplinary proceedings against those involved.

"With Nepal going through

a democratic transition, it is essential that officers of the law set a

conspicuous example in using available legal means for addressing grievances in

all matters involving the media," said IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline

Park.

For

further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333

0919

The

IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 120

countries