Monthly Media Monitoring Report / April 2012

 

 

Journalist Threatened

2 April 2012/Sunsari: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of journalist threatened over the phone in Inahruwa, Sunsari (Eastern region of Nepal) on 2 April 2012.

Umesh Kumar Mehta, Member of FNJ Sunsari Chapter and Reporter/News Reader of Popular FM was threatened of life by Shyam Lal Mehta, President of Forum Loktantrik Gaun Ekai in Madhyaharsahi-5 over broadcasted news about an election of School Management Committee in Madhyaharsahi, Sunsari.

Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) strongly condemns the incident. It is condemnable that such an act is against the press as one still had the right to seek legal solution if not satisfied about the published/broadcasted news. FNJ urges all concern to give full respect to press freedom and freedom of expression.

 

Journalist Attacked

4 April 2012/Kaski: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of serial attacks on the journalists.

Pranil Bhandari, member of FNJ Kaski Chapter and journalist of Machhapuchhre FM was attacked by a group of 5 unidentified person at 10 pm in Newroad, Kaski (Western region of Nepal) on 4 April 2012.

Journalist Bhandari was attacked and also looted Rs.5000 cash, purse, mobile and ID card while he was returning home from duty. He has sustained injury on his head and body. Journalist Bhandari has returned home after the treatment at Charak Hospital. He got six stitches on his head.

Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) strongly condemns the incident and requests the government arrest the people involved in the incident. FNJ also requests the government to improve the security system.

Meanwhile, the government on Thursday decided to form a probe panel to investigate into the murder of journalist Yadav Poudel besides providing Rs 1 million to his bereaved family as compensation. Finance Minister Barshaman Pun said the meeting of the council of Ministry to do the needful for the quick probe into the murder of the journalist.

 

Journalist Attacked

 9 April 2012/Tanahu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of journalist attacked at Tanahu, western region of Nepal.

Krishna Neupane, member of FNJ Tanahu Chapter and affiliated with Lokwani Daily was attacked and looted mobile set by unidentified group at 7:30 pm on 9 April 2012.

Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) strongly condemns the incident and requests the government to improve the security system and arrest the guilty.

Journalist Attacked& Threatened

13 April 2012/Bara/Kaski: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of journalist attacked and threatened in different places of Nepal.

Subash Chandra Sah, Bara Correspondent of Rajdhani Daily, Radio Nepal and Publisher of Namaste Times daily was attacked by unidentified group at 6:30 pm at his room in Kalaiya, Bara (Central Region of Nepal) on 13 April 2012.

Journalist Sah has sustained some injuries on his body and receiving treatment at Narayani Sub regional Hospital, Bara

Similarly, Rajendra Adhikari, Editor and Publisher of Don news daily and photo journalist Bandhuram Parajuli from the same daily was threatened by Gundaraj Shrestha ‘Min’ activist of UCPN Maoist affiliated labour union over published news at Pokhara, Kaski (Western region of Nepal) on 13 April 2012.

Shrestha called up the newspaper office and threatened to kill the two journalists if they don not stop carrying news against the transportation syndicate.

Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) strongly condemns the incident. FNJ requests the government to take strong action against the guilty and improve the security system for the journalist.

 Journalist Threatened

 17 April 2012/Khotang/Rupandehi: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of journalist threatened in Khotang (Eastern Region of Nepal).

Bhim Rai, affiliated with the Rupakot Radio was threatened by Biswas Sampang, Central Committee member of Khumbuwan National Morcha and District Incharge  of Khotang on 17 April 2012.

Journalist Rai published news on Rupakot Newspaper about involvement of Bishwas Sampang in forcefully money collection from the school teachers. Sampang threatened to attack journalist Rai over the phone.

Similarly, Baburam Bhattarai, Chief Editor of Sainamaina Daily was threatened over the phone by Jham Bahadur Gurung, President of National Janamukti Party, Rupandehi (Western Region of Nepal) on 17 April 2012. Gurung threatened to journalist Bhattarai over published editorial on 16 April 2012.

 

Journalist Threatened

 17 April 2012/Banke: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of a journalist threatened by the security person in Banke (Mid western region of Nepal) on 17 April 2012.

Dinesh Gautam, Nepalgunj correspondent of Nagarik Daily was threatened by Raju Nepali, Nepal Army Colonel based in Imamnagar Barreck over published news. Nagarik Daily had published a news about 7 local people who were assaulted by Colonel Raju Nepali on 17 April 2012. Colonel Raju had called journalist Gautam and threatened him to not publish news related to the incident.

Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) strongly condemns the incident of journalist who was threatened by Nepal Army Personnel. It is condemnable that such an act is against the press as one still had the right to see legal solution if not satisfied about the published news. FNJ requests the government to take action against the Colonel Raju Nepali.

 News Paper Burnt

20 April 2012/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of burning of Nagarik Daily Newspaper by activists affiliated to the student wing of communist Party of Nepal (UML) at Koteshwar, Kathmandu (Central Region of Nepal) on 20 April 2012.

The group of activists vandalized a promotional booth of Nagarik Daily and burnt copies of Nagarik Daily placed there. The CPN UML student activists were protesting published news in Nagarik Daily on 19 April 2012 that had reported that activists of Nepal Student Union affiliated to Nepali Congress (UML) were assaulted by Youth Association of Nepal affiliated to CPN UML.

Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) strongly condemns the incident. FNJ requests all concerned to give full respect to press freedom and freedom of expression and also requests the government to take action against the people involved in the incident.

 Journalist Attacked and Manhandled

23 April 2012/Jumla: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of journalist attacked and manhandled in Jumla, Midwestern region of Nepal on 23 April 2012.

Meghnath Yogi, Councillor of FNJ Jumla Chapter was threatened and attacked by two local people over published news. They threatened journalist Yogi demanding why he was writing about their place and work. The assailants attacked journalist Yogi in the presence of officials while journalist Yogi was at the police station to lodge his complaint.

Similarly, Ram Bahadur Nepali, Secretary of FNJ Jumla Chapter was misbehaved and manhandled by a local teacher Nar Bahadur Singh on 23 April, 2012. Drunk Nar Bahadur Singh suddenly entered the hall and manhandled journalist Nepali while journalist Nepali was giving training to a group of Dalit woman.

Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) strongly condemns the incident and requests the government to take strong action against the guilty.

 Journalist Attacked

23 April 2012/Bhaktapur: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of a journalist was attacked by the security personnal force at Bhaktapur, Central Region of Nepal on 23 April 2012.

Ratna Maharjan, affiliated with RSS was there to cover a news about road blockage by local people after accident.  Journalist Maharjan was manhandled and attacked by the police while he was trying to take a photo of the incident. The police force attacked him despite he shown his press id.

Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) strongly condemns the incident and requests the government to take strong action against the guilty.

Journalist Threatened

 27 April 2012/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of a journalist threatened in Kathmandu, Central region of Nepal on 27 April 2012.

Prakash Silwal, Councillor of FNJ Kathmandu Chapter was threatened by unidentified group at 7 pm. A group of unidentified people came at his home and threatened his wife saying where is Prakash, they will show him.  They also attacked at his home and vandalized the window.

Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) strongly condemns the incident. FNJ requests the government to arrest of the people involved in the incident and also requests for the security of the journalist.

 Journalist Murdered

 April 4, 2012: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is deeply concerned and shocked by the brutal murder of journalist Yadav Poudel in Birtamod, Jhapa of east Nepal on April 4.

FNJ strongly condemns the murder and demands immediate action against the culprits.

Poudel, 38, was an executive editor of Mechi Times regional daily and covering east Nepal for Kathmandu-based Avenues Television and Rajdhani national daily. He was found murdered in wee hours of Wednesday morning. Preliminary investigations suggest that he succumbed to multiple injuries caused by sharp weapons at around 12:30 am.

FNJ expresses condolences to the family of the slain journalist. Poudel is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

An emergency meeting of the central committee formed a seven-member fact finding mission team to study the incident under president Shiva Gaunle and including advisor Poshan KC, secretary Jagat Nepal, central committee member Mohan Kaji, Jhapa district president Ganesh Pokhrel, past district president Govinda Chandra Chhetri and past district secretary Taramani Sapkota. The team will travel to east Nepal and talk to state bodies to ensure timely investigation and brining the culprits behind the bars.

“This is an example of continual physical insecurity of journalists,” FNJ President Shiva Gaunle commented. “Despite commitments from leaders of political parties and Home Minister during the International Media Mission in February, the murder shows that the state is not serious on its commitments.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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