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Customs Chief manhandles reporters

Reporter to the Sagarmatha Television Ganesh Saha and reporter to Annapurna Post daily Santosh Yadav were manhandled by Chief Customs Officer of Madar, Siraha  Mr. Rajendra Hamal, while inquiring about the monthly customs data on May 27. Siraha district lies in Province 2 of Nepal.

Province 2 Representative for Freedom Forum, Rajan Singh, reported that the incident occurred at the Customs Office where the reporters had gone to make news about the monthly customs details.

Reporter duo shared that while inquiring about the same with the Customs Officer he grossly replied "I have no time to answer your queries."  Reporter Yadav added, "He told us to take permission before we come for reporting and snatched reporter Saha's mobile phone  and broke it.  He even tried to delete the photos we had taken and  shoved us".

After the incident, the reporter duo informed the Law Minister of the Province Gyan Kumar Yadav and Chief District Officer Rudra Prasad Pandit about the manhandle.

Freedom Forum condemns the hostility meted out against the reporter and urges the Customs Officer to respect the press freedom and right of the journalist to report in free atmosphere. Also, the concerned stakeholders are strongly urged to investigate about the issue seriously and to help ensure safety to the journalist.

Freedom Forum

Thapathali, Kathmandu

Post Box No: 24292

Phone No. 4102030, 4102022

Website: www.nepalpressfreedom.org; www.freedomforum.org.np

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