Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in condemning the murder of
Santosh Gupta, Media Owner and Managing Director of Birgunj based Bindas FM, in
the Central Region of Nepal on July 6, 2012.
According to news reports, Gupta had
established Bindas FM three months ago and was found dead with severe injuries
to his body in Musouriya village in Bihar State, India.
The management of Bindas FM allege
that Gupta went to Bihar after an unidentified person called and requested he
come to him talk about advertising for the FM station.
It is reported that Bihar’s police
have arrested four local residents in connection with the incident.
“Attempts to silence or intimidate
the media through murder are an attack on the rights to freedom of expression
of all”, IFJ Asia-Pacific said.
“The IFJ joins the FNJ in expressing
its condolences to the family of Mr Gupta, and urges Nepal’s Government to investigate
the murder and ensure those responsible are identified and charged”.
further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific
on +612 9333 0950
represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131 countries
the IFJ on Twitter: @ifjasiapacific
the IFJ on Facebook: www.facebook.com/IFJAsiaPacific