Nepali Journalists Attacked and Threatened

The

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

Journalists (FNJ) in condemning the series of attacks and threats that have

been made against journalists in Nepal during the month of April.

 

Reports received by the

IFJ state that Subash Chandra Sah, Bara District Correspondent for Rajdhani Daily and Radio Nepal and the publisher of Namaste Times Daily, was attacked by an unidentified group at 6.30

pm, in Kalaiya, Bara District, in the central region of Nepal, on April 13, 2012.

 

Sah reportedly sustained

injuries to his body, and is receiving treatment in hospital.

 

In another incident, Rajendra

Adhikari, editor and publisher of Don

News Daily and photo journalist Bandhuram Parajuli, also of the Don News Daily, were both allegedly threatened

by Gundaraj Shrestha 'Min', an activist of the UCPN, a Maoist affiliated labour

union, in response to stories published in Nepal’s western region on April 13, 2012.

 

Shrestha allegedly telephoned

the newspaper office and threatened to kill the two journalists if they did not

stop publishing stories about a transport syndicate in the area.

 

These incidents follow

the attack on journalistKrishna Neupane, on April 9, and the

violent murder of correspondent Yadav

Poudel, in Nepal

on April 1, 2012.

 

“The IFJ is concerned by

the escalating pattern of attacks and threats of violence against journalists

in Nepal

in 2012,” the IFJ Asia-Pacific

Office said.

 

“The IFJ Asia

Pacific supports calls to see that timely and efficient investigations are

undertaken into the attacks and threats, and demands that those responsible be brought

to justice.”

 

This month’s incidents provide

further weight to the recommendations made by the International

Mission that travelled to Nepal

in February 2012.The Mission made specific calls to action in two

key areas, namely legal and policy reform surrounding attacks on journalists

and the culture of impunity.

 

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information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0950

 

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