Journalist Attacked and Injured in Nepal

The International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the Federation of Nepali Journalists

(FNJ) in condemning the serious assault of a newspaper editor in the mid-western

region of Nepal on September 13.

 

The FNJ reports

that Nepali Express Daily Editor, Shiva Dotel was

manhandled and attacked by a police team led by Sub Inspector of Nepali Police,

Batti Kumar Pokhrel, near Tribhuwanchowk of Nepalgunj, in Banke on September 13.

 

Dotel was reportedly

attacked for no apparent reason on the way to his office. He sustained serious head

injuries requiring seven stitches after medical treatment at Bheri Regional

Hospital.

 

The FNJ said the

incident pointed to the increasingly dangerous situation for Nepal’s

journalists.

 

“Such violent attacks on

journalists are completely unacceptable and are particularly alarming when made

by an authority charged with upholding the laws of the country and protecting

individuals from such harm,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

According to reports,

the Banke

District Police Office has now initiated action against those involved in the

attack, including Sub

Inspector of Nepali Police, Batti Kumar Pokhrel.

 

The IFJ welcomes the initiation

of action, but calls on the authorities of Nepal to ensure that they immediately

proceed with a full independent investigation into the attack.

 

 

For

further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0918

 

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