Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is appalled to learn of the abduction and assault
of Sushil Dhungana, publisher of the Ghodaghodi weekly in Nepal’s
far-western district of Kailali on November 15.
According to the Federation of Nepali
Journalists (FNJ), an IFJ affiliate, Dhungana was snatched while on his way
from one district town to another by five persons on motorcycles. Dhungana was
taken to an isolated spot in a community forest and his fingers slit with a
blade. He was held for three hours and told by his captors that he was paying
for what he had written.
Dhungana had published a news item
on November 14 titled "Smuggling and Commission”, highlighting the
increasing levels of corruption in the Kailali district, in Nepal’s southern plains bordering India.
“This is a brutal and appalling
attack on Sushil Dhungana, a journalist reporting on a matter of public
interest,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director
Jacqueline Park said.
“The IFJ joins its affiliates in Nepal
in demanding investigation of this serious assault, and urges Nepali
authorities to swiftly prosecute those responsible.”
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Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919
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