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Media Monitoring Report/Feb-May 2-14

FNJ condemns death threats to journalist

3 March 2014/Kathmandu: Serious attention of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has been drawn towards death threats being issued to journalist KP Dhungana, correspondent of Nagarik Daily, over news published on the newspaper he works for in Kathmandu (Central Region of Nepal).

According to journalist Dhungana, the death threats are being made by unknown people from different mobile numbers. Dhungana was one of the journalists of a Nagarik Daily story (dated 26 February 2014) that quoted its own sources accusing social worker Dil Shova Shrestha of illegally running a children’s home and forcing one of her staff into flesh trade.

Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) strongly condemns the death threats and reiterates that the concerned media and the journalist themselves are responsible for what they write. Death threats to a journalist over published news is an activity against the press freedom especially when the option for those not satisfied with the news can still resort to other legal means. FNJ demands that the government immediately identify the people who threatened journalist Dhungana and bring them under the legal procedure. FNJ also demands that the government to be more serious over the issue of security of journalists.

FNJ condemns Journalist Attack

11 March 2014/Dhanusha: Serious attention of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has been drawn towards the incident where a journalist was brutally attacked by an unidentified group in Dharapani VDC of Dhanusha district (Central Region of Nepal) on 7 March 2014.
BP Shah, the Executive Editor of Desiya Monthly, was brutally attacked by four to five unidentified people in Dharapani VDC where he was attending a wedding ceremony of his relative. According to journalist Shah, the attackers told him: “You tend to be a journalist and write anything you want. Now, you write news about yourself!” Journalist Shah has sustained serious injuries on his head and is currently undergoing treatment at Medicare Hospital in Janakpur (the district headquarters of Dhanusha).
An attack on a journalist in any form is against the freedom of the press and information. FNJ believes that this kind of incident is against the constitutional right of the media. FNJ strongly condemns the incident and demands that the government to identify the people involved in the incident and booking them under the legal procedure. FNJ also demands that arrangements be made for medical treatment of the injured journalist.

FNJ condemns police behavior towards Former Chief Information Commissioner

21 April 2014/Kathmandu: Serious attention of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has been drawn towards the incident of Nepal Police detaining former Chief of National Information Commission, Vinaya Kumar Kasajoo, for a few hours on 18 April 2014 in Kathmandu (Central Region and Capital of Nepal). Police have cited “investigation” as the cause for the detention and returned his laptop only a day later.

It is sad that the Nepal Police resorted to such a behavior without proper evidence upon the former Chief Commissioner of National Information Commission. FNJ also demands that the police, hereby, make public why the move was made as well as Kasajoo’s laptop was confiscated for a day.

FNJ condemns Journalist Attack

29 April 2014/Rasuwa: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of two journalists, Som Bahadur Tamang, President of FNJ Rasuwa Chapter and member Malfurwa Tamang, who were brutally attacked in a program by a group led by former Constitution Assembly Member of UCPN Maoist, Prem Bahadur Tamang and Ramsharan Poudel in Rasuwa (Central region of Nepal) on 28 April 2014.
Journalist Som Bahadur Tamang and Malfurwa Tamang were there for news covering of the program that organized by UCPN Maoist in Laharepouwa, Rasuwa. A group led by CA member Prem Bahadur Tamang and Ram sharan Poudel including Norbusingi Tamang, Kasifinjo Tamang, Tamangkasi Tamang, Sunar Gamajan Tamang and Shambhu Tamang.
Attacks on journalist, who have taken of the responsibility to inform the general public is an activity against the press freedom and freedom of expression. FNJ strongly condemns the incident that blunted the general public’s constitutional rights of right to information.

FNJ condemns misbehavior with Journalist

18 May 2014/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of a journalist who was misbehaved and vandalized her Camera and Laptop by unknown person in Kathmandu (Central Region of Nepal) on 17 May 2014.
According to our Lalitpur Chapter Nirjana Bhatta, member of FNJ Lalitpur Chapter, misbehaved by an unknown person, who was suddenly entering her house (located in Banasthali, Kathmandu) and misbehaved her using by foul words as well as vandalized her camera and laptop.
Misbehaving the journalist without any cause is an activity against press freedom. FNJ believes this kind of incident makes more challenges on professional security of the journalist. FNJ strongly condemns the incident of misbehave with journalist Bhatta. FNJ demands the government to immediately identify the people involved in the incident and bring them under the legal procedure as well as assure the security of the journalist.

FNJ condemns the misbehavior/manhandle of journalists

22 May 2014/Banke: Serious attention of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has been drawn towards the incident of three journalists who were misbehaved and manhandled by policemen who were in an inebriated state while on duty in Setu BK Chowk in Nepalgunj (Mid Western Region of Nepal) on 21 May 2014.
Journalists Bhagatram Tharu, Sub Editor of Prabhat Ghosana Daily, and Sunil Regmi, affiliated with Madhyapaschim Sandesh, were misbehaved and manhandled by the police while they were on a reporting assignment. The policeman also placed a handcuff on another journalist, Chhetranath Devkota, who is the correspondent of Mountain Television. Journalist Devkota’s camera and motorcycle were also seized when he inquired about the incident where the other two journalists were misbehaved upon and manhandled.
Such a behavior by the security forces despite revealing the identity by journalists is a direct interference upon the media and press freedom. It has raised a question over the current peace and security situation in our country.
FNJ strongly condemns the incident and demands that the government initiate the return of the seized equipment and punish the guilty. FNJ also demands the concerned party to punish the involved police personnel and make public the actions initiated.

Monthly Media Monitoring Report / January 2014

News Paper office vandalized
1 January 2014/Kailali: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of vandalism and fire in the office of Tikapur Daily, situated at Tikapur, Kailali (Far Western Region of Nepal) by a group of people over the published news on 1st January 2014.
The incident of expressing the discontent with the subject matter by the act of vandalism and putting fire in the office is an attack on press and freedom of expression. Since, if anyone is not satisfied with the content of the subject there is an alternative method to seek remedy, and unit to address the issue. FNJ believes that this kind of incident has demoralized the general public and journalist’s constitutional rights. FNJ condemns this anti press and irresponsible incident. FNJ demands the government to investigate the incident and bring those guilty under the legal procedure, provide compensation for the damages incurred and pay serious attention on the security of the journalist and general public.
FNJ president Shiva Gaunle and Secretary of Home Ministry, Janardan Nepal met today and held a serious discussion related with this issue. Secretary Nepal adressing this issue said that the guilt will be identified and an immediate action as per the procedure.

Nagarik Editor-In-Chief Attacked
8 January 2014/Kathmandu: Serious attention of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has been drawn towards the attack upon Editor-In-Chief of Nagarik Daily, Prateek Pradhan, by an unidentified group, near Baneshwar-Bhimsengola road in the Capital on the evening of 7 January 2014. Editor Pradhan’s car (Ba 5 Cha 3959) was also vandalized in the incident.
Pradhan was stuck in a traffic jam when an unidentified group in three to four motorcycles carrying swords, metal rods and wooden sticks attacked and escaped breaking the rear mirror. No arrests have been made so far.
Security of journalists in an extremely important issue, and this incident where a renowned Editor was attacked in the capital, depicts how insecure environment Nepali journalists are working in. This incident has posed serious questions over the existing security situation. FNJ strongly condemns such barbaric attack which has acted as an obstruction to free press and creates serious challenges to enjoy the right to press and freedom of expression guaranteed by our Interim Constitution. FNJ demands the government to immediately identify the people involved in the incident and bring them under the legal procedure.

Journalists Detained

12 January 2014/Kathmandu: Serious attention of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has been drawn towards the incident of over twenty journalists who were misbehaved and detained by Nepal Police on 12 January 2014 for protesting the behaviour of the Chief of Commission for Investigating Abuse of Authority (CIAA), Lokman Singh Karki, for a question asked by the journalists at a press conference. Chief Commissioner Karki had called for a press conference himself at District Administration Office in Biratnagar, Morang (Eastern Region of Nepal).

The journalists had asked Chief Commissioner Karki about CIAA’s stand on the sudden increase in smuggling of betel nut (areca nut) in the region after he took over office. Earlier, Chief Commissioner Karki had talked about CIAA’s role in curbing corruption by extending its branches in the region. Chief Commissioner Karki, who was agitated with the question, went on mistreating the journalists by questioning their credibility and even using foul language. When the journalists protested Chief Commissioner Karki’s behaviour, the police then intervened, hitting some with batons, and detained the journalists for about an hour.

This is direct interference on the freedom of press and it is further unfortunate that the misbehaviour and detention of journalists had to take place under orders of the Chief of a constitutional institution like Commission for Investigate Abuse of Authority (CIAA). FNJ condemns the incident and draws the attention of the government to respect the constitutional rights of the media and assist in create a better working environment for journalists.

Journalists Threatened
24 January 2014/Mahottari: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of two active journalists from Bardibas-7, Mahottari (Central Region of Nepal), Gita Chimoritya, affiliated with Radio Darpan and Santosh Pokhrel, editor of Bardibas Khabar Daily, who were misbehaved and threatened of life over published and broadcasted news about road accident in district by Dev Raj Kafle and Buddhiraj Neupane, who known as Sanjay on 24 January 2014.
They had threatened journalist Pokhrel by calling him and threatened journalist Chimoriya at her office room.
Threat to journalist over published news is direct interference on the press. If anyone is not satisfied with the content of the subject there is right to seek legal option to address the issue. FNJ strongly condemns the incident, which demoralized the journalists and makes them weak to fulfill their responsibility. FNJ demands the government to bring the guilty under the legal procedure and make free and fearless working atmosphere for the journalist.

Monthly Media Monitoring Report / September-December 2013

Journalist Threatened

10 September 2013/Kathmandu: Serious attention of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has been drawn towards the incident of a journalist threatened of life. Shambhu Shrestha, FNJ Counsillor and Chief Editor of Dristi Weekly was threatened of life over the phone by unidentified caller in Kathmandu (Central Region of Nepal) on 10 September 2013. An unidentified person threatened him over published news of Dristi Weekly, which was published on 3 September 2013.
Threats to journalist over a published news is against the press as one still had the right to seek legal means if not satisfied about the published/broadcasted news. FNJ condemns the incident of journalist Shrestha threatened. FNJ demands the government to immediately identify the guilty and take legal action as well as ensure the security of the journalist.

FNJ condemns misbehaviour of sports journalists on duty

26 September 2013/Kathmandu: Serious attention of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has been drawn towards the incident of half a dozen journalists who were misbehaved by the security guards at Dashrath Stadium during the first day of AFC U-16 Championship selection games in Kathmandu (Central Region of Nepal) on 25 September 2013. The misbehaved journalists were on reporting assignment and were holding press accrediation cards issued by the local organizer, All Nepal Football Association (ANFA).

The security guards from Garud Securities Pvt. Ltd. who were assigned by ANFA had prevented half a dozen sports journalists from entering the Dashrath Stadium, even using foul language and unceremonously shoving them off despite that the journalists displayed their ANFA issued press accrediation cards.

This is an activity against press freedom and freedom of expression when people misbehave with journalists and create obstacles in fair news reporting. It has to be realized that journalists have taken up the responsibility to inform the general public. FNJ condemns such an act that has occured due to poor management of ANFA. FNJ would like to draw the attention of Ministry of Youth and Sports, Nepal and the organizers towards this incident and demands the concerned parties to assist the journalists in performing their duties by ensuring better news access.

Journalist Found Dead

29 September 2013/Dhanusha: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is shocked by the brutal murder of media person, Satyanarayan Gaderi, in Janakpur, Dhanusha (Central Region of Nepal) on 27 September 2013.
Gaderi was a program presenter of a “special program” for School Leaving Certificate Examination which is aired on Radio Janakpur. He was also associated with Janak Hazari Vidhyapeeth and Dhanusha Science Campus.
Gaderi’s body was found on the morning of September 27 near a brick kiln in Kurtha VDC-6 of Dhanusha District with a bullet mark as well as neck slashed with a sharp object. He was last seen leaving his home on the evening of September 26. Though media person Gaderi originally hailed from Siraha District, he had been staying in Janakpur.
FNJ condemns this incident and demands that the government immediately investigates the incident and brings those guilty under the arms of the legal procedure. FNJ also expresses condolences to the family and relatives.

Nepal Journalist Arrested for Sharing News on Facebook Page

30 September 2013/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the arrest of Editor of Share Bazaar Weekly, Dinesh Acharya, on 30 September 2013 in the capital Kathmandu (Central Region) on charges of sharing a news article published on his newspaper on the paper’s Facebook page.
Editor Acharya was arrested by Nepal Police on charges of working against the Electronic Transaction Act and based on a complaint filed by industrialist Nirman Chaudhary. On its edition dated 23-29 June 2013, Share Bazaar had published news related to industrialist Chaudhary which was shared by Editor Acharya on the newspaper’s Facebook page.
Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) believes that it is the dutiful right of a journalist to relay news and opinion based programs and news-related messages. FNJ also expresses deep sadness over the rising trend of having journalists arrested by using the Electronic Transaction Act which was made for a separate purpose. Even in this case, the all-accepted option of demanding compensation in case of personal defamation or seeking legal remedies by filing a case at Press Council Nepal has been ignored.
• Read the name of industrialist as Nirvana Chaudhary than what had adherently appeared in our earlier press release. Corrected on 1 October 2013.

Journalist Misbehaved by Police Personnel

11 November 2013/Jajarkot: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of a journalist who was misbehaved by Sub Inspector of Nepal Police, Dhan Bahadur Bohara, in Jajarkot (Mid Western Region of Nepal) on 11 November 2013. Dipendra Sharma, who is also the Secretary of FNJ Jajarkot Chapter and is local correspondent of Himalaya Television in the district, was mistreated, threatened and frisked unnecessarily for taking pictures of temporary police and other patrolling police personnel on the same day.
It is a condemnable act that a journalist was misbehaved by responsible police personnel who was on duty to protect the lives and property of the general public. Such an act demoralizes journalists in performing their duties to inform the public. FNJ condemns such misbehavior of the police in strong words. FNJ also demands that the local administration punish the guilty police personnel and respect press freedom and assist in creating a better working environment for the media.

Journalist Attacked and Vehicle Vandalized

11 November 2013/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of shooting at Gopal Dewan, Editor cum Publisher of Bishwasta Weekly, by an unknown assailant on 11 November 2013 in Dharan, Sunsari (Easter Region of Nepal). Editor Dewan, who managed to escape unhurt, claims he was able to survive as none of the bullets hit him.
According to the victim, two unidentified people came on a Pulsar brand motorcycle wearing a mask in his office premises at around 7:30 PM and the pillion rider started to fire upon him. Dewan’s office is located at Chatara in Dharan-12.
Such an incident where an attempt was made to kill a journalist with a gun is an extremely serious matter, especially at a time when the Constituent Assembly elections are approaching. It hampers the duty of the press at this hour when it struggles to report in a fearless and independent manner. It also raises the question over the current security situation of the state. FNJ also strongly demands that the government immediately investigate the incident and bring those guilty under the legal procedure and create a fearless and free working atmosphere for the journalists.
In another incident, FNJ also condemns and regrets the vandalism of a media vehicle during the first day of the nationwide shutdown on 11 November 2013 called by 33 different parties under the leadership of Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist. A vehicle with registration number Ba 4 Cha 7822 belonging to Nagarik Daily was vandalized in Koteshwar, Kathmandu. The incident occurred despite the fact that the strikers had expressed their commitment that the media vehicles would not be affected during their pre-announced nationwide shutdown. FNJ requests the strikers to respect the constitutional rights of the press and bring about their expressed commitments into practice as well as not create any obstacle over the media.
• Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist corrected on 13/11/2013 from United Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist

Journalist Abducted, Camera Confiscated during Elections

20 November 2013/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the abduction of our Rolpa Chapter President, Mausam Rokka, in Thabang of Rolpa District (Mid Western Region of Nepal) on 19 November 2013. According to FNJ Rolpa Chapter, journalist Rokka was abducted by cadres of CPN-Maoist when he had gone to vote in his voting center during the Constituent Assembly election taking place that same day.

FNJ regrets that CPN-Maoist has resorted to abducting a journalist in an attempt to block granted right of a citizen to vote. FNJ also demands that the local administration bring those involved under the arms of the law, prevent further similar events from occurring, as well as manage the release of the concerned journalist.

Likewise, in another incident during the Constituent Assembly elections, Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) condemns the confiscation of camera of journalists, Ishwar Chandra Jha (who is also Secretary of FNJ Dhanusa Chapter) and Himalaya Television correspondent Sanjay Raut, in Sapahi voting center of Dhanusa-5 (Central Region of Nepal). According to FNJ Dhanusa District Chapter, a group of political cadres aligned to the Nepali Congress including Shekhar Yadav and Anita Yadav, took away the camera belonging to the journalists as the journalist duo were in the area to take pictures of the ongoing elections. FNJ condemns such incident and requests the local administration to take action against those involved in the incident. FNJ also draws the attention of the government to such incident and demands that better working environment be built where journalists can work more freely.

*Update on 21/11/2013: FNJ Rolpa Disctrict Chapter President, Mausam Rokka, has been released on the afternoon of 20 November 2013.

FNJ Condemns Attacks on Journalists

7 December 2013/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over two different incidents where journalists were attacked in the same manner within the past one week. The journalists who were attacked are Gokarna Aryal, Acting Editor of Gorkhapatra National Daily, in Kathmandu and Manisha Gautam , News Coordinator of Radio Saragam FM 88.8 Mhz in Jhapa (Eastern Region of Nepal).

The assailants in both the incidents still remain unidentified.

In the first incident, journalist Gokarna Aryal was attacked around 8 PM on 7 December 2013 by three people near his residence in Dhapasi, Kathmandu. FNJ Gorkhapatra Chapter adds that the attack took place when journalist Aryal was returning to his home from his office.

Likewise, in the second incident, FNJ Jhapa Chapter confirms that journalist Gautam was attacked around 6:30 PM on 5 December 2013 by unidentified people in Mechi Nagar- 4 Magurmadi of Jhapa District while she was also returning home from the office. Journalist Gautam has sustained serious injuries on her head and is undergoing treatment.

Attacks by any network on journalist who has been working to inform the general public is an attack on press freedom and freedom of expression. FNJ believes that this incident challenge the journalist’s professional and physical security. FNJ strongly condemns this incident of attack on journalists. FNJ strongly demands that the government immediately investigate the incident and bring those guilty under the legal procedure and create a fearless and free working atmosphere for the journalists. FNJ would like to wish injured journalists for their recovery.

Journalists were taken under control and threatened

20 December 2013/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over two different incidents where journalists were taken under control and threatened by the police personnel within the past one week. Correspondent Nirash Tamang and Cameraperson Shailendra Choudhary of Himalaya Television were taken under control for three hours in Capital, while they were collecting information in Police Hospital, Maharajgunj on 17th of December. Similarly, Federation of Nepali journalist condemns the act of Deputy Superintendent of Police, who threatened two local journalist Dev Raj Gurung and Rabin Bhattarai related with the content of the news in Taplejung, (Eastern Region of Nepal) on 18th of December.
Police who are regarded as responsible unit if involved in the act of misbehaving media personnel, and creating obstacle in collecting news, taking journalist under control is a direct interference in the press freedom. Incidents as such have raised a serious question over the security of the journalist. In the first incident, journalists Nirash Tamang, and Cameraperson Shailendra Choudhray were at Maharajgunj Police Hospital for reporting assignment about the health condition of Sub Inspector of Police, Ramesh Nepal who was injured in a fight occurred between police and a group at Sindhupalchok (Central Region of Nepal) two days ago. They were interrupted by the police personnel, misbehaved and taken in to control for three hours and released later. FNJ strongly condemns the incident that blunted the journalist’s right, ensured by the constitution. FNJ demands the government to investigate the incident and punish the guilty and respect the constitutional rights of journalists as well as create a fearless and free working atmosphere for the journalists.
Likewise, in the second incident the two local journalists Dev Raj Gurung and Rabin Bhattarai received threat from Govinda Acharya, of Deputy Superintendent of Police, over the published news which had the content “Use of Government vehicle on holiday to go to picnic by various governmental authorities, misuse of Government property”. FNJ chapter, Taplejung stated that DSP Acharya called the two journalists, and threatened them to come to the police station in order to charge them in Cyber crime for writing such news. If anyone is not satisfied with the published news they can seek a legal act. FNJ condemns the act so done by a responsible Police body. FNJ condemns the incident and also would like to draw the attention of concern party to stop this kind of activity and help press to easily fulfill it’s responsibility.

Monthly Media Monitoring Report / July 2013

Newspaper Captured

3 July 2013/Sindhupalchowk: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of the copies of Okhareni Weekly, published from Sindhulipalchowk were captured by activist of Nepal Student Union (NSU) and Tarun Dal (Affiliated with Nepali Congress Party) at Sindhulpalchowk (Central region of Nepal) on 2 July 2013.

According to the FNJ Sindhupalchowk Chapter-  Yudhir Poudel, ex district secretary of NSU and Balkrishna Basnet, activist of Tarul Dal had forcefully captured the copies of newspaper from it’s  distributor from the place of distribution at Barabise, Sindhupalchowk.

Copies of newspaper captured by the activist of responsible party is an obstacle on right to information of the general people, when other alternative to seek legal means if one is not satisfied over the published news is available. FNJ condemns this activity which is against the press freedom and freedom of expression. FNJ demands the leader of concerned party to respect the press freedom by punishing the people involved in the incident and not let similar incident reoccur. Also, FNJ demands the government to be serious on the security of the journalist.

Journalist Attacked

12 July 2013/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of a journalist Deepak Dhital, affiliated with Citizen FM who was attacked by Kumar Silwal from Sukedhara, who is originally from Sindhupalchowk (Central Region of Nepal).

Dhital was attacked in his rented room by Silwal related with the issue of the fight that occurred in Sukedhara, New colony on July 11. Dhital saw the fight and then returned to his home, therefore the party involved in fight accused Dhital by saying ” “you are a journalist, I found you taking interest/concerned over my case, I will not leave you”, and attacked him.

An attack on journalist without any actual reason is against the press and freedom of expression. FNJ believes this kind of incident demoralized the journalist to fulfill their role. FNJ strongly condemns the incident. FNJ demands the government to punish the guilty and to be serious over the security of the journalists.

Journalist Manhandled

19 July 2013/Illam: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of Somnath Suseli, Former President of FNJ Illam Chapter and Station Manager of Radio Nepalibani was misbehaved by Mahendra Chouhan, Accountant of District Development Committee, Illam (eastern region of Nepal).

Journalist Suseli is also editor of Local newspaper Illam Express Daily. Accountant Chouhan misbehaved journalist Suseli  at the office premises while he was there to collect the payment of advertisement, which was published on Illam Express Daily.

It raises question the state that journalist was misbehaved by District Development Committee’s staff at office premises which is the place of directly concerned with the general public. FNJ believes this kind of incident raise the professional insecurity of the journalist. FNJ condemns the incident which is demoralized the press and freedom of expression. FNJ demands the local administration to punish this staff involved in the incident and create secure atmosphere for the journalist .

Journalist Attacked

26 July 2013/Kathmandu: Serious attention of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has been drawn towards the incident of a journalist Nabin Dhungana, affiliated with avenues Television was attacked by Bhaskar Raj Karnikar, the Executive President of Avenues Television and another journalist Jyoti Shah affiliated with the same television was dismissed from her work after the direct order issued from Karnikar. The two journalists had informed FNJ that they didn’t receive their wages for a long time.

The victim informed FNJ that injustice has been done to them by President Karnikar, after the situation occurred following the misunderstanding between two journalist working in the same television

It is condemnable that the journalists were injustice by the responsible person as the Executive President of a successful Television for a long time in journalism. It proves that under which condition and what kind of pressure the journalists are working in Nepal. FNJ requests Karnikar to respect the press who has advocate the free press and freedom of expression and also requests to immediate apply the working journalist act.

 FNJ condemns sexual harassment of Nepal 1 staffer

 30 July 2013/Kathmandu: Serious attention of Federation of Nepali  Journalists (FNJ) has been drawn towards the incident of sexual harassment of a program presenter by Sundar Singh Bidhuri, the Chief of Nepal Contact Office of Nepal 1 Television.

According to the victim, Renuka Kandel (Name revealed with consent), she was sexually harassed time and again while she was alone in the program room and Bidhuri used to use uncomfortable sexually explicit  language, made inappropriate physical contact as well as made indecent comments such as your “shape” is not looking good in that dress. Journalist Kandel presents a Bhojpuri program in the same TV Station Bidhuri is chief of in its Nepal Contact Office.

FNJ strongly condemns this incident in which Bidhuri, who is an Indian national, has sexually harassed a journalist of his own office. FNJ also demands that the government take up this matter seriously and adopt strict legal means to punish the guilty, Bidhuri and Biraj Shrestha (both who are currently behind bars based on the victim’s complaint) and display its concerns over the security of journalists.

 

Monthly Media Monitoring Report / June 2013

 

Journalist Misbehaved

18June 2013/Bhaktapur: Journalists from Nepal Television were misbehaved and vandalized their camera by the staff of Dairy (located at Kharipati, Bhaktapur), while the journalists were there to cover the news that a team from Department of Food Technology and Quality Control who were in the diary to check the milk quality on 17June 2013. Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned about the incident.

The dairy staff manhandled the Journalist Subhadra Gautam and Camera Person Shiva Pangeni as well as vandalized their camera while they are  covering the news.

FNJ strongly condemns the incident that journalists, who have taken of the responsibility to inform the general public were misbehaved while they were performing their duty. FNJ demands the government to respect the journalist’s constitutional right by legally punishing the guilty and create a free working atmosphere.

FNJ concerned over Journalist Arrest

21 June 2013/Kathmandu : Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the arrest of journalist Susil Panta, President of our Gorkha FM Chapter and Editor of nepaliheadline.com, on 20 June 2013 over published news. The police claimed the arrest was made based on a complaint filed by Kanya Campus, Dillibazar over “news content” which was published on nepaliheadlines.com more than a month ago. Journalist Panta is currently at Metropolitan Police Office in Hanumandhoka, Kathmandu.

FNJ would like to draw the attention of the government and the concerned party that the Press Council Nepal is the authorized agency to address any complaints over the published or broadcasted news and not the police administration. FNJ condemns the incident of the journalist arrest when other alternative to seek legal means if one is not satisfied over published or broadcasted news was also available.

FNJ stands by the constitutional right of a journalist to report and states that the issue over published news should be solved by Press Council Nepal. FNJ demands the government to immediately release journalist Panta and halt demoralizing journalists by initiating similar arrests over news report.

 

Monthly Media Monitoring Report / May 2013

 

 

Obstacle on Free Flow of Information

3 May 2013/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of the Supreme Court of Nepal not allowing the entry of journalists at a hearing. The FNJ is also worried and sad that a constitutional body that is believed to ensure press freedom and freedom of expression is resorting to such activity.

FNJ in strong words condemns any such activities conducted under any excuse in muzzling the press and requests Rt. Honorable Acting Chief Justice to arrange ways to manage ways to immediately take back the prohibition of media. At the same time, FNJ also makes a special request to journalists to collect news and report keeping in mind the respect and honor the Court.

FNJ concerned over press workers’ strike

10 May 2013/Kaski: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of around one dozen regular newspapers not being able to be published in Kaski (Western Region of Nepal) due to protests by All Nepal Communications, Printing and Publications Workers’ Union (ANCPPWU). According to FNJ Kaski Chapter, the daily newspapers which were supposed to hit the stands today could not be published as the workers working in the press are on strike with their 11-point demand including permanent appointment letters and accident insurance.

Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) requests the workers on strike to be serious on the fact that not allowing newspapers to be published is against the right of the general public to be informed. Hence, FNJ also requests all concerned parties to sit for talks and create an environment where the demands could be met amicably without disrupting the regular publication of the newspapers.

At the same time, Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) also makes a special request to the press management to fulfill the just demands raised by the press workers and respect the freedom of expression by creating an atmosphere to ensure publication of the newspapers as early as possible.

 

Newspaper Captured

21 May 2013/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of the copies of Rajdhani Daily which were taken under control right from the the printing press by the activists of All Nepal Revolutionary Communication Printing and Publication Workers Union (ANCPPWU) on 19 May 2013. The newspapers were to be distributed in Kathmandu Valley and surrounding areas.

The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) views this incident as a direct interference on the press freedom and freedom of expression and strongly condemns such an act that violates the right of the general public to be informed. FNJ does not believe that the incident of newspaper capture and prohibiting distribution will solve any problem.

FNJ would like to drawn the attention of all concerned parties to sit for talks and create an environment where the demands could be met amicably and immediately stop the disruption over the newspapers distribution.  Also FNJ would like to drawn the attention of the government to stop the activity of distributing on newspaper distribution.

 

Obstacle on free flow of Information

19 May 2013/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of the president of News 24 Television, Anil Joshi had force employees to quit the job by issuing the threat while they were pressuring the management for the salary.

Journalists of news 24 had struggling for the Minimum and regular wages as well as implementation of professional  journalist act. President Anil Joshi said he’s not going give salary for more one year and he can do anything over any pressure despite the fact is that he  committed by signed the document over their demands. A group of professional Journalist including Pramod Neupane, Prabhat Devkota, Anup Acharya were resigned after threats issued from Joshi. They also giving mentally torture to other working journalist by scaring them and prohibited to work. FNJ warns the management team to immediate stop illegal and anti press activity, provide all facilities to journalists according the constitution and rules and regulation and creates free working atmosphere. Otherwise FNJ would be forced to do any step for establish the professional right of journalists.

Similarly, federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of vandalized the vehicle of Bhuwan Bhatta FNJ councilor and affiliated with Image Channel by unidentified group. According the journalist Bhatta front part of vehicle (No Ba 2 Cha 9009) is damaged by attacked with helmet and iron rod at Gwarko, near to guna cinema hall while journalist Bhatta was on the way to Gwarko from Baneshwar around 9:30 AM. Vandalize the vehicle of journalist by anybody is the anti press activity. FNJ feels this kind of activity is against the constitutional right of journalist. FNJ condemns the incident and demands the government immediately find and punish the guilty as well as compensation for damaged vehicle.

 Journalist Threatened

28 May 2013/Sunsari: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of a group of journalists who received death threats. The journalist comprised Somnath Bastola, FNJ Councilor and Sunsari Correspondent of Annapurnapost by Hem Karna Poudel, President of Nepali Congress Itahari Town, Sunsari (Eastern Region of Nepal) on 25 May 2013.

President Poudel threatened the journalists by organizing the press conference. He threatened the journalists of physical attack comprising Bastola as saying the news has continuously published about Surya Rai (Kande), Central Member of Nepal Student Union, who was arrested in various criminal cases.

Threats to journalist over any excuses are the interference on the press freedom and freedom of expression. FNJ believes this kind of activity demoralized and deficient the professional role of press. FNJ condemns this irresponsible activity which occurred by the responsible activist of responsible Party as one has way to express dissatisfactory over published news. FNJ demands the leaders of concerned party to respect the constitutional right of press by punishing the guilty and also demands the government to give more attention on the security of the journalists and make a free working atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monthly Media Monitoring Report / April 2013

Journalist Attacked

 

 

29 April 2013/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of attempt of life of a journalist travelling on a motorcycle who was chased and hit a number of times by a private vehicle bearing number plate Ba 8 Cha 4707 in Thapathali, Kathmandu (Central Region of Nepal) at around 11:05 PM on 27 April 2013. Journalist Ganesh Basnet, who is also a FNJ Councilor and News Editor of Rajdhani Daily, was returning home on a motorcycle from his office located close by in Kupondole, Lalitpur.

 

According to journalist Basnet, the car suddenly followed his motorcycle from the crossing in Thapathali and started hitting the moving motorcycle until he was able to save his life by taking the motorcycle over a pedestrian path on the car’s third hit attempt. Journalist Basnet was returning with his colleague Bhim Rai on the same motorcycle bearing number plate Ba 10 Pa 4069.

 

FNJ believes that any such attempt of attack on journalists is an anti-press freedom activity and raises serious concerns over professional insecurity of journalists. FNJ in strong words condemns the incident that tried to take the life of journalist Basnet. FNJ demands that the government immediately arrest those involved behind the incident and punish the guilty to show its seriousness on ensuring the professional security of journalists.

 

Monthly Media Monitoring Report / February 2013

FNJ Condemns Threat to Editor

6 February 2013/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of the Editor of Sanghu Weekly, Gopal Budathoki, who was given a death threat as well as swearings through phone calls that came in from different countries over news that was published on his newspaper.

According to Editor Budathoki, he received phone calls throughout the day on 5 February 2013 from 4915212081410 (Germany) and 60112154932 (Malaysia) from people who expressed displeasure over a news related to Ang Kaji Sherpa, General Secretary of Nepal Federation of Indeginous Nationalities (NEFIN). The article titled “Kajile Kumlyauda Mahasangh Ko Maunta (The Federation’s Silence when Kaji Embezzled)” was published on 4 February 2013’s edition of Editor Budathoki’s newspaper.

It is a violation and attack on press freedom when people resort to issuing death threats to journalists when they still had the option to adopt legal measures if one is dissatisfied over published news. The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) condemns such an act that challenges the freedom of press and freedom of expression targeted to demoralize the newspaper editor and demands that the government identify and take action against the perperators in order to ensure safe working environment for journalists.

 

Monthly Media Monitoring Report / January 2013

Newspaper capture

2 January 2012/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of the copies of Budhabar Weekly which were captured today by a group that identified themselves as people of Nirmal Gurung. According to Bishnu Rijal, the Editor of Budhabar Weekly, there were constant pressure coming since the day earlier upon his newspaper to not publish a news item related to Gurung. Gurung is a media owner who runs a television station with a number of other business interests, among others, a bank that has been declared crisis-ridden.

The copies of the newspaper were captured from the key point of it’s distribution at Bhugol Park, Newroad in Kathmandu (Central Region of Nepal).

Copies of nnewspaper capture is an obstacle and attack on press freedom despite the fact that one still has the option to resort to legal means if one is not satisfied over the published news. FNJ strongly condemns this incident which has seriously attacked the constitutional right of a journalist to report on matters that concern the general public. FNJ demands the government to immediately find the culprits and punish them and provide compensation of the captured newspaper. FNJ also demands that the government pay serious attention on the security of the entire press fraternity and the security of journalists.

 

Obstacle on freeflow of Information

15 January 2013/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the Federation of Nepal Cable Television’s decision of shutting down the broadcasting of Image Channel to protest against revision of National Broadcasting Act by the Ministry of Information and Communication without the their consultation.

FNJ believe that the shutting down distribution of publication or blocking transmission should not have taken place when there was still an option of protest because such an act directly affects the right to information of the general public. The FNJ, hereby, would like to draw the attention the concerned parties to come to a solution through talks.

 

Newspaper Office Vandalized

23 January 2013/Dailekh: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of some participants in the rally of UCPN (Maoist) in Dailekh (Midwestern Region of Nepal) who vandalized the office of ‘Teshro Aankha Daily’ newspaper which is located next to the Dailekh District Administration Office on 23 January 2013.

Such incident of pelting stones and vandalizing a newspaper office over any excuses is an anti press activity.  FNJ believes that this seriously affects the press freedom and freedom of expression. FNJ strongly condemns such anti press activity and draws the attention the concerned political party to not repeat such activities and respect the constitutional rights of the press. At the same time, FNJ demands the government to assure the press fraternity of its security and requests the local Maoist leadership to respect the press.

  

FNJ Condemns Journalist Displacement, Demands Immediate Safe Return

25 January 2013/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) strongly condemns the incidents that have led to the displacement of 22 Dailekh based journalists last night from their work stations citing unsafe working environment after the conflict between Maoists and the opposition parties that has escalated over the investigation on the killing of journalist Dekendra Thapa back in August 2004. FNJ is also seriously concerned over the closure of two FM Radio stations, Dhrubatara FM and Panchakoshi FM, and four newspapers, Dhamaka Daily, Hamro Teshro Aankha Daily, Ravibar Weekly and Sajha Pratibimbha Weekly — all in Dailekh — following the displacement of the Dailekh based journalists. Among the displaced includes the President and Secretary of our Dailekh Chapter.

According to the list available to FNJ, the journalists displaced from Dailekh are:

  1. Pushkar Thapa – President, FNJ Dailekh Chapter; Annapurna Post Daily.
  2. Bhupendra Shahi – Avenues Television.
  3. Bishnu Kumar Shahi – Secretary, FNJ Dailekh Chapter; Sourya Daily.
  4. Bishnu Sharma – Nepal Television; Naya Patrika Daily.
  5. Chakra KC – Station Manager, Dhrubatara FM, Dailekh.
  6. Gobinda Dev Bharati – President, Press Chautari Nepal, Dailekh; Chief Editor, Hamro Teshro Aankha Daily.
  7. Gobinda KC – Nagarik Daily; Publisher, Hamro Teshro Aankha Daily.
  8. Him Sijapati – Dhrubatara FM, Dailekh.
  9. Jagat Bhandari – Panchkoshi FM, Dailekh.
  10. Kabiraj BC – Gorkhapatra Daily; ABC Television.
  11. Kamal Sharma – Mountain Television; Co-Editor, Dhamaka Daily.
  12. Khagendra Rana – Dhrubatara FM, Dailekh.
  13. Khemraj Oli – Panchakosi FM, Dailekh.
  14. Madhav Khanal – Dhrubatara FM, Dailekh.
  15. Mahendra Sapkota – Karobar Daily; Executive Editor, Hamro Teshro Aankha Daily.
  16. Nabin Sharma – Image Channel.
  17. Prakash Adhikari – Kantipur.
  18. Shankar Kishor Abhaya – Dhrubatara FM, Dailekh.
  19. Surya Bishwakarma – Radio Nepal.
  20. Pritha Bayalkoti – Station Manager, Panchakosi FM, Dailekh.
  21. Yagya Raj Thapa – Radio Nepal; Nepal Samacharpatra Daily.
  22. Yam Prasad Sharma – Panchakosi FM, Dailekh.

All the displaced Dailekh based journalists are currently in Surkhet (Midwestern Region of Nepal) and are in contact with our Surkhet Chapter.

A delegation from the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) Headquarters met Home Minister Bijay Kumar Gacchedar this afternoon and has demanded immediate safe return of the journalists to their work station. FNJ also demands that the government create a safe working environment for the press fraternity as well as initiate measures to start the operation of the media that have shut down in Dailekh. According to FNJ President Shiva Gaunle, the Home Minister said he assures the media of a safe security situation and added he too is concerned of the situation the media is undergoing in Dailekh.

 

Journalists Attacked and Threatened

30 January 2013/Kavre: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of YCL cadres beating up and seriously injuring journalists on 29 January 2013 in Kavre (Central Region of Nepal) who were there to cover a program attended by top three leaders of UCPN (Maoist). FNJ is also seriously concerned over the same incident where YCL cadres threatened journalists who had photographed the oppressive happenings of “physical attack” if they published the photographs or news.

The journalists injured when YCL cadres pelted stones and beat up journalists when they were covering the program at Tintobato, Banepa are Bhola Thapa, advisor of FNJ Kavre Chapter; Motiram Timilsina, Secretary of Kavre Chapter; Ramkrishna Chapagain of Nepal Samacharpatra Daily; Krishna Neupane of the local Grace FM; Prakash Sundas of Nepal FM; Krishna Chandra Banjara of Abhiyan Daily. Among the injured journalists, Krishna Neupane has sustained serious injuries on his back as well as on his scrotum and is currently undergoing treatment in Kathmandu. The YCL cadres had snatched the identity cards and mobile phones of journalists and tore up their press jackets. Likewise, the YCL cadres had threatened journalists Manoj Basnet of Kantipur, Kapil Koirala of Ujjyalo FM and Keshav Raj Poudel of Rajdhani Daily of “physical attack” if they published the photographs or news regarding this incident.

The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has also taken the incident of police who stood as mere bystanders to all the incidents of attack very gravely.

The incident of pelting stones, chasing and selectively beating up journalists who were there to cover the event attended by senior UCPN (Maoist) leaders and the Prime Minister himself — all with the support of the state machinery — as well as terrorizing the press of threatening journalists of life if they published news of the happenings is a blatant violation of freedom of press and freedom of expression. The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) regrets and condemns such oppressive activities in strong words that violate the constitutional rights to collect and disseminate news of a journalist as well the rights of a citizen to be informed. FNJ demands that the government identify and take strong action against the guilty and create an environment to carry on with their profession as well as arrange medical assistance for the injured journalists. At the same time, FNJ requests the UCPN (Maoist) leadership to assist in creating an atmosphere where journalists can independently carry on with their profession as well as respect the press by halting activities carried out by its cadres with the support of the state machinery.

 

Monthly Media Monitoring Report / December 2012

 

Journalists Threatened

 

10 December 2012/Sindhupalchowk: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incidents of two Journalists who were threatened over published news in Sindhupalchowk (Central Region of Nepal).

Formal President of FNJ Sindhupalchowk Chapter and Sub-Editor of Kantipur National Daily, Rishiram Poudel was threatened over the phone by Om Bajracharya also known by the name of Namgyal and Bhai-Bhai. He had threatened over new published on Kantipur Daily where his name was mentioned for his involvement in gold smuggling. Bajracharya threatened over the phone that he could resort to anything if any action is initiated against him.

Similarly, treasurer of FNJ Sindhupalchowk Chapter, editor of local Sindhu Prawah Weekly and Correspondent of Rajdhani Daily, Dinesh Thapa, was threatened over published news on Rajdhani Daily and Sindhu Prawah about Nepali Citizenship distributed to Non Nepalis. Norshing Lama of Palchowk and Nabraj Sen, Secretary of Sindhukot Village Development Center – both are are accused in the fake citizenship case, had threatened journalist Thapa time and again on 5 December. Also, Deputy Superintendent of (Nepal) Police of Sindhupalchowk, Pratap Kumar Gurung, had called journalist Thapa to his office and pressured to reveal the source and find the whereabouts of those who had threatened him after the news was published.

Threats to journalists are an obstacle and attack on press freedom despite the fact that one still has the option to resort to legal means if one is not satisfied over the published news. FNJ strongly condemns these two incidents which pose as a serious challenge to the journalist’s constitutional right of to report on facts. FNJ demands the government to immediately punish the culprit and also demands to assist in creating a fearless working environment to ensure the security of journalists and their freedom.

 

 

Journalist Threatened

 

11 December 2012/Bara: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of journalist Upendra Thakur, Councilor of FNJ Bara Chapter and Correspondent of Kantipur Television who was verbally issued a death threat by a senior ranking police officer in Bara (Central Region of Nepal) on 10 December 2012.

Journalist Thakur was threatened by the Superintendent of (Nepal) Police, Dan Singh Bohara at the office of Bara District’s Chief District Officer (CDO), Krishnahari Puskar.  Journalist Thakur was there to cover the CDO’s views on two abduction cases in Nijgadh, Bara which had occurred two month ago. SP Bohara threatened the journalist saying: “Your news has no effect on me but I can finish you off within two days if I want.”

It is condemnable that journalists who have taken up the responsibility to inform the general public are threatened by security personnel who are entrusted with the responsibility to protect the general public. This incident has displayed how serious the security agencies are in fulfilling their responsibilities.  FNJ strongly condemns the incident which is an obstacle on press freedom and freedom of expression. FNJ demands the police administration to immediately investigate the incident and punish the culprit, SP Bohara. FNJ also requests the government to pay serious attention on the security of journalists and assist in creating an environment to work without fear.

 

News Paper Office Vandalized

 

17 December 2012/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of vandalism by an unknown group on the office of Naya Bikalpa Weekly located at Anamnagar, Kathmandu (Central Region of Nepal) on the night of 13 December 2012.

According to the Damodar Dawadi, Editor of Naya Bikalpa Weekly, the unknown group broke open the four locks on the main shutter to enter in and vandalized office equipment including computer, table and a news rack.

It is condemnable that the police administration still has not made any arrests or got a clue of the attackers that vandalized the office of a newspaper which is located right next to the central government agency in the capital. FNJ strongly condemns the incident which affects press freedom and freedom of expression and discourages the editorial staff. FNJ demands the government to immediately find the culprit and punish them and provide compensation for the damage. FNJ also demands that the government pay serious attention on the security of the entire press fraternity and the security of journalists.

 

 

 

Obstacle on Free Flow of Information

 

18 December 2012/Mugu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of Suman Malla, Station In-Charge of Radio Mugu, who has taken under control for five hours by Nepal Police on orders from the District Administration Office over news broadcasted on his station in Mugu (Mid Western Region of Nepal) on 14 December 2012.

Journalist Malla was arrested from his office premises a few days after the news on weapon smuggling in Mugu was broadcasted on his station. The District Administration Office claimed the arrest was made after journalist Malla refused to clarify about the broadcasted news.

Journalists taken under control as per the order of a responsible state agency is an obstacle and attack on press freedom despite the fact that one still has the option to resort to legal means if one is not satisfied over the published/broadcasted news. FNJ strongly condemns this incident which has seriously attacked the constitutional right of a journalist to report on matters that concern the general public. FNJ demands the government to ensure press freedom and discourage from similar incidents occurring again.

 

 

Nagarik Daily Office Vandalized

 

20 December 2012/Kathmandu: It has been further proven on how difficult and unsecured working environment the Nepali media fraternity is forced to work under with the attack on the office of Nepal Republic Media in the capital today.

 

Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of vandalism and manhandle by a group that identified themselves as cadres of Shiva Sena on the office of Nepal Republic Media located in Sundhara, Kathmandu (Central Region of Nepal) at 1:30 PM on 20 December 2012. The group entered the office premises and assaulted Chief Editor of Nagarik Daily, Kishor Nepal, editorial team members, security personnel, receptionist and vandalized the office. Chief Editor Nepal is also the former president of FNJ.

 

It is condemnable and regretable that the attack on senior media person and editorial team as well as attempt to set ablaze copies of newspapers is taking place despite the fact that one still has the option to resort to legal means if one is not satisfied over the news published/broadcasted. Such an act displays the current unsecured and fearful working environment Nepali journalists are working under. FNJ demands the government to immediately find the culprits and punish them and provide compensation for the damages incurred. FNJ also demands that the government pay serious attention on the security of the entire press fraternity and the security of journalists.

 

Nagarik Daily Attackers Still Unpunished

 

23 December 2012/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over non-action by the authorities upon initiating effective action and identifying the group that identified themselves as Shiva Sena Nepal cadres and vandalized the office of Nepal Republic Media on 20 December 2012.

FNJ also regrets the government apathy that stood as bystanders in the protest rally taken out by the so-called  Shiva Sena Nepal instead of identifying, taking into control and proceed with legal procedure against those already arrested. FNJ would like to draw the attention of the government to not take the incident of attack on FNJ’s former president Kishor Nepal  and other senior media personnel lightly and warns that we would resort to stern pressure tactics if action is not initiaitied against the guilty.

 

Journalist Threatened

 

26 December 2012/Okhaldhunga: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of a journalist with Annapurna Post Daily who was verbally issued a death threat by Deepak Phuyal, district president of the CPN-UML affiliated All Nepal National Free Students’ Union (ANNFSU), over a published news in Okhaldunga (Eastern Region of Nepal) on 20 December 2012.

President Phuyal had threatened that he can do anything to journalist Jiban Sharma over a published news related with the activities at Mamkha Higher Secondary School which is located at Mamkha Village Development Center in Okhaldhunga. The news was published in Annapurna Post Daily on 4 December 2012. President Phuyal issued a press release threatening that the correspondent and the concerned authorities would be responsible for a “possible” accident if the news was not corrected in the next edition.

Threats to journalists are a serious attack on press freedom despite the fact that one still has the option to resort to legal means if one is not satisfied over the published news. FNJ strongly condemns the incident which violates the constitutional rights of a journalist to report on facts. FNJ requests the concerned political party and their activists to be serious on these kinds of activities taking place upon the media. FNJ demands the government to immediately punish the culprit and also demands to assist in creating a fearless working environment to ensure the security of journalists.

 

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