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FF concerned of attack on media persons

Freedom Forum shows serious concern over the arrest of media persons during their field reporting in and out of the capital.

According to the Nepal Police sources, as many as eight journalists were arrested from their home and field for their alleged involvement in anti-election activities.

Among the journalists arrested in different dates are Prakash Dumre (Garjan Post Weekly, Rupandehi), Jagdishnath Yogi and Kali Bahadur Mahatara (Janaprabhat Weekly, Kalikot), Dipesh Shahi (Madhyana Daily, Kathmandu), Khem Thapaliya (Jaljala Monthly, Kathmandu), Jitendra Maharjan (Nhigu Jwojolappa, Kathmandu), Jaayeshwor Acharya and Padam Prasad Pokharel (Pyuthan Vision Monthly, Pyuthan).

It is worth mentioning that the country is witnessing a fever of poll with the elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies coming round the corner.

Talking to Freedom Forum Media Monitoring Desk, Editor at Muldhar Weekly News Ramesh Bista said, "Most of the journalists were nabbed while reporting news. Though the Nepal Police noted that journalists were involved in the anti-election activities, they have not made public any evidence substantiate the claims".

The information of arrests was collected by Freedom Forum's legal desk while following the cases with Nepal Police offices in different districts.

District Police Office In-charge at Pyuthan and Kalikot districts informed, "We are not aware whether they are journalists. But, they were arrested while painting anti-election slogans on the street walls."

Similarly, the Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Range informed that all three journalists were arrested for their involvement with the outfit Communist Party of Nepal led by Netra Bikram Chand 'Biplav'.

The government has kept the Biplav-led party's leaders and cadres under surveillance, for the party have been involved in the election disrupting campaign.

However, among the journalists arrested, Reporter Dipesh Shahi was caught from the premises of Norvic International Hospital based in Thapathali, Kathmandu while reporting on the sudden demise of the son of former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

Freedom Forum is further monitoring the cases minutely to determine whether the arrest of journalists has any linkage with the violation of free expression.

Hence, Freedom Forum urges the concerned authority to carry out fair and prompt investigation into the cases thus, respecting journalists' right to free reporting and freedom of expression.


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Police took Female reporter and a camera person under control

Correspondent with TV Today, aired from capital city Kanta Giri and her camera person were misbehaved by a college administration while reporting on November 12 in Kathmandu.

Talking to Freedom Forum, Reporter Giri said, "After pre information, we reached Institute of Management Studies at 1 pm for reporting on its educational programs. Director of the college refused to co-operate us reasoning busy. Thereafter, we requested administration to help us giving information."

But, admin staffs too refused, spoke foul on us and called Police at the place. The Police officers then, took us to the Singha Durbar police station and released us after four hours, complained reporter.

On futher query, reporter Giri stated that they have not filed any case against college administration. They has gone to report on the basis of complain from students to media about college administration's ignorance on providing transfer certificates to its students.

However, students were provided with their transfer certificated by the college later but the admin has not yet apologized for its action, informed Giri.

Freedom Forum has serious concern over such attitude of educated citizen towards media. Free reporting about the wrongdoings in the society; be it any sector is the prime job of journalists. Hence, FF urges concerned authority to realize the value of free press and right to information and apologize for their assault to media persons.

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Journalist Lamichhane manhandled during election reporting

With the elections to the House of Representative and Provincial parliament round the corner, the incidents against free reporting and peaceful gathering and campaigning has increased across the country.

Manang- based reporter with the National News Agency (RSS), Janata Television, and www.hamrakura.com, an online news portal, Nabin Lamichhane was manhandled while reporting on November 17 in Manang district. Manang is the smallest district situated in Province 4 of Nepal.

Talking to Freedom Forum, Reporter Lamichhane shared,"While I was video-reporting of a political rally and campaigning for election at around 5 pm; its cadres suddenly approached me and manhandled me, snatching my camera. However, few women saved me and my camera from getting assaulted. Later, I informed Chief District Officer about the incident.

Reporter Lamichhane added that he is still under the threat of attack as per information from other sources.

Similarly Freedom Forum's stringer for Province 7, DR Panta reported that reporter with Kailali- based Bardagoriya weekly and Janata Television Laxmi Jaisi was attacked by unknown person at mid-night on November 19.

Quoting reporter Jaisi, Panta said that he was attacked in his home while sleeping. He has attained severe injuries on head and forehead.

Reporter Jaisi is undergoing treatment in Nepalgunj Medical College, Banke.

The motive of attack is unknown yet and investigation is ongoing, according to Police.

Freedom Forum condemns such intimidation over journalists' at work by the political cadres. As the nation is in full swing to hold provincial and parliamentary polls, timely reporting and providing information to citizen is the right of media persons. Hence, FF urges political parties and security bodies to give priority to journalists' safety so as to ensure free flow of information.

As both political parties and media are the democracy pillars, the political cadres must respect the rights to media persons.


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FF welcomes Dhungel's arrest

Freedom Forum welcomes the much-awaited arrest of an absconding Maoist party leader, Balkrishna Dhungel, a murder convict, from the capital city, Kathmandu, on October 31, 2017. Dhungel, despite being convicted by the Supreme Court for the murder of Ujjan Kumar Shrestha of Okhaldhunga district in 1998, was escaping arrests for time and again with the political protection.

The Supreme Court had delivered the verdict that Dhungel, the Maoist party leader, be sent to prison throughout the life.

Finally, the recent arrest came in response to the contempt of court writ filed at Supreme Court against Inspector General of Police for ignoring the court order to arrest murder convict Dhungel in April 2017.

Though late, the arrest of longtime scot-free murder convict is a laudable step for addressing the prolonged state of impunity in Nepal.

"As the conflict victims (period of Maoist conflict from 1996 to 2006) are desperately waiting for justice, the arrest of Maoist leader Dhungel carries significance that has created hope among other conflict victims for justice. It is indeed a step that State took to address impunity, an issue pending for long to get addressed in Nepal," observed Freedom Forum's Executive Chief Mr Taranath Dahal, adding that it helps boost rule of law in the country.

Noteworthy here - in Nepal, which witnessed a decade long insurgency, is yet to ensure transitional justice owing to political protection of the perpetrators as to Dhungel and sheer ignorance and noncooperation by the political parties on the activities of the transitional mechanisms- Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission on Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons.

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A local manhandles reporter

Reporter with Samadhan daily and Machhapuchre FM, Suresh Raj Adhikari, was manhandled by a local over the news in Pokhara on October 15. Pokhara lies in Province 4 of Nepal.

Talking to Freedom Forum's monitoring desk, reporter Adhikari said, "For the follow up reporting, I had reached the place of the protests made by the earthquake victims after they were displaced by the municipal administration. The news on displacement of victims was published on October 14. While reporting, one of the victims Bikash Gurung slapped me."

He also threatened me to leave the place without reporting but I continued reporting. Then, police officers on duty arrested him, added reporter Adhikari.

Later, supporters of Gurung insisted me to sort out the matter with mutual understanding.

Reporter Adhikari has filed an FIR against Bikash Gurung at District Police Office, Kaski, where Gurung is still under arrest and investigation is ongoing, according to the District Police Office.

Freedom Forum condemns the incident as it sheer violation of press freedom. Free reporting and disseminating information to the public is the right of media persons. Hence, FF strongly urges the concerned authority to carry out fair investigation and punish the culprit.



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Unknown gang attack reporter Bhattarai

Editor of the Malika Post daily, Arjun Prasad Bhattarai, was attacked by an unknown gang on 6 October in Kalikot at 5:45 pm. Kalikot district lies in Province 6 of Nepal.

In a conversation with Freedom Forum, Bhattarai said, “While I was returning home
after meeting locals in the village, all of a sudden a group of people came to me obstructing my way and started debating with me.  When I tried to resolve the discussion, the unknown gang attacked me. Although, I tried to escape but couldn’t, the attackers hit on my head and other parts of the body."

He received injury on head and had to get admitted in the Nepalgunj Medical College. He was discharged on October 8.

According to Bhattarai, he had never seen any person involved in the attack and is unable to know why he was attacked.

Afterwards, he had even lodged a complaint at the District Police Office, Kalikot, informing about the incident but nothing has been done related to this matter.

Freedom Forum vehemently condemns the attack on journalist. FF strongly urges the police to investigate into the case fairly. FF is investigating whether the incident was related to journalist Bhattarai's profession.

 

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Chief Election Officer manhandled TV reporter; broke his camera

Freedom Forum’s stringer for Province No. 2, Ajay Shah reported that Chief Election Officer Sharada Prasad Koirala manhandled and broke camera of a local correspondent with Janata television and local C FM Bidhyananda Ram while reporting in Saptari on September 24, 2017. Saptari district lies in Province No. 2.

Quoting correspondent Ram, stringer Shah said, “At 9:00 am, he reached District Election Office, Rajbiraj to report the discussion program held among all-party representatives to resume the vote count of Rajbiraj municipality. Meanwhile, Officer Koirala seized his camera and threw it on the ground saying journalists were not allowed to report on election-related activities, so he could not enter.”

Chief Election Officer Koirala however, refused to talk to journalists upon the issue, informed stringer Shah.

Later, vote counting resumed from 3:00 pm but yet no journalists are allowed to carry their camera and mobile phones into the place for reporting.

Freedom Forum has serious concern over such hostile behavior of government official to journalists while reporting. Obstructing journalists from reporting is mere misuse of power and sheer violation of press freedom as well as citizen's right to information. Hence, FF strongly urges concerned authority to take immediate action upon the recurring intimidation on working journalists following phase III local level poll in Province 2.


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Woman journalist attacked in Kathmandu

Freedom Forum  has been alarmed over the attack on editor with the Naya Bidroha weekly, Bhavna Prasai 'Bidrohi', in the night of September 20 in capital city, Kathmandu. The weekly is published from Kathmandu (Province no. 3).

Talking to Freedom Forum's Media Monitoring desk, Editor Bidrohi said, "At round 9-10 pm, a group of people were discussing the political issues near my house. I approached them so as to ease the discussion but one of them aggressively disagreed my opinion and attacked upon me."

"Immediately after attack, I called the Police. Police then, arrested him and dropped me to the hospital", added editor Bidrohi.

She had to be admitted at the emergency section of Bir Hospital. She got minor injuries on head, neck and face.

FF condemns the incident. However, FF is observing whether she was attacked because of her reporting/journalism or not.



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High level Police official manhandles reporter

Freedom Forum's stringer for Province 2 Ajay Sah has reported that Superintendent of Police Yagya Binod Pokharel manhandled Nagarik daily's reporter Madan Thakur while reporting on September 20 in Rautahat district.

Quoting reporter Thakur, Stringer Sah said, "While the reporter was about to take picture of the activities in the vote counting place, SP Pokharel seized his mobile warning not to take pictures. He not only spoke foul on the reporter in a huge gathering of public official but also ordered Deputy SP to drag him out of the place."

Reporter Thakur had reached Garuda municipality's vote counting place to report on obstruction of the counting.  On the third day of the local poll, some political cadres obstructed vote counting at the place demanding recounting since 4:00 in the morning.

On the other hand, SP Pokharel denied misbehaviour saying, reporter himself had given his mobile to keep with him. He had also called Nagarik daily's head office at Kathmandu not to publish the news.

Freedom Forum condemns the incident as it is a gross violation of press freedom. Such intimidation from the high level security officials on journalists at work needs serious attention from the concerned authorities why the free reporting is being jeopardized. FF strongly urges concerned authority to take step minimizing such incidents and respect journalists' right to free reporting as well as citizen's right to information.


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Television reporter's camera seized, photos deleted while reporting election

Election officer forcefully grabbed the camera of Rautahat based- correspondent with Mountain Television Rakesh Yadav and deleted the pictures while reporting vote count on September 19. Rautahat lies in Province No 2 where third phase of local level poll has successfully concluded on September 18.

Talking to Freedom Forum, Reporter Yadav said, "The situation was tense at the place of vote count of Garuda Municipality following the dispute among political representatives. At 8:30 pm, when I reached the counting place, security officers did not let me enter. Then I started reporting from outside the room. Meanwhile, a woman Inspector asked me to shut the camera."

He further said, "I argued that I was taking pictures at other vote count places as well, then why not here! Thereafter, Assistant Election Officer approached me saying no one was allowed to click at vote counting center. But I did not stop reporting."

With this argument, Election Officer Nabin Kumar Joshi asked reporter Yadav to delete the pictures. He forcefully grabbed the reporter's camera and deleted all pictures.

Freedom Forum draws serious attention of the concerned authorities towards such hostile behavior of election officers on journalists. This is a sheer humiliation of journalist and violation of press freedom and citizen's right to information. As there is nothing to hide from media, the behavior of election officers to intimidate reporter was misuse of power and ignorance of press freedom. FF urges the concerned authority to pay a heed to free press, thus ensuring the atmosphere conducive for journalists at this prime time. 


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