The International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ) is alarmed at reports of an alleged physical attack and death
threats against a radio journalist by members of a political party in Harre, in
mid-western region, on May 10.
According to the Federation of
Nepali Journalists (FNJ), an IFJ affiliate, Tila Bhandari, a correspondent for
Nepal FM 91.8, was harassed by a group of about 50 people reportedly aligned
with the Nepali Congress.
Bhandari was in Harre to cover
news of a “bandh” (strike) called by the Nepali Congress in the surrounding
Surkhet district. The FNJ’s Nepal FM chapter president said the group, which
pressured Bhandari not to report on their activities, also confiscated the
memory card from her camera.
“Any person or group who attacks,
threatens or harasses a journalist is actively diminishing Nepal’s opportunity to install
press freedom as one of the pillars of the country’s new democracy,” said IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park.
new government takes form and the writing of a new constitution begins, the IFJ
strongly urges all political parties to support press freedom and respect the
important role of journalists to inform the people of Nepal about the country’s political
The IFJ joins the FNJ in
denouncing Bhandari’s attackers and calls on local authorities to investigate
the incident immediately in order to bring those responsible to justice.
information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919
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