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Death Threats Issued against Two Journalists

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Two journalists were issued death threats against news reporting in Mahottari, a district in the central region of the southern plain in Nepal on 23 January 2014.

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Journalists barred from taking photos of CA Members' Swearing-in Ceremony

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The Constituent Assembly (CA) secretariat barred the photojournalists from entering the CA gallery and taking photos of the newly elected CA members while they were being administered the oath of office and secrecy on January 21, 2014.

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CIAA Chief Speaks Foul On Journalists

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Chief of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), Lok Man Singh Karki, has spoken foul on journalists at a press meet in Biratnagar, a city in the southern plain of Nepal, on January 12, 2014.

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Chief Editor Pradhan Attacked

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An unknown gang attacked Pratik Pradhan, Chief Editor at the Nagarik daily, in the capital city in the evening of January 7, 2014.


Talking to Freedom Forum's Media Monitoring Desk, Chief Editor, Pradhan said, "When I was heading to Sinamangal from Old Baneshwor in the capital city, some eight unknown persons carrying sticks and home-made weapons as scimitars attacked my car in the front, in the rear and vandalized it. They fled the scene swaying the weapons. I was in traffic congestion."


The attack on editor Pradhan who is dedicated in the profession for over two decades and always vocal against social malpractices and irregularities and exposing these through media, suggests the suppression and threat by some unscrupulous elements who might have been uneasy for his professional journalism devoted to democracy, press freedom and civil rights.


Asked whether there was any publication inviting such untoward activity, Chief Editor Pradhan said, "I've been continuously writing against every misconduct and wrongdoing in my newspaper. So, the attackers can be those who want to subdue my right to independent journalism."

Freedom Forum vehemently condemns the attack and urges the government strongly to immediately arrest the attackers and bring them to book. The attack on media persons within the capital city suggests very poor security to journalists who need freedom in reporting, articulation.

At a time 2013 saw some improvements in press freedom, the beginning of the New Year has shown bad omen, for the media persons are attacked within the capital city. There were 59 incidents of press freedom violation during 2013.


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Arson at Newspaper Office, Threat of Attack on Journalists

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Office of the Tikapur daily published from Dhangadhi, far-western region of Nepal, was vandalized and set on fire over the publication of news on a road accident on the very first day of New Year 2014. Even the journalists affiliated to the daily were threatened publicly of attack over the news.

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Police Threaten, Arrest Journalists

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On December 16, Deputy Superintendent of Police Govind Acharya threatened two reporters of filing a case against them under the cyber crime, over the news they made on misuse of public vehicles in Taplejung, a district in the mountainous area of the eastern region in Nepal.

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Reporter Aryal Attacked in Capital City

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Gokarna Aryal, reporter with the Gorkhapatra national daily, was attacked by an unknown gang in the capital city on 8 December, 2013.

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