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October 31, 2014

Two Nepalese journalists assaulted in separate incidents

Kali Bahadur Malla , a journalist working in Kalikot, a remote mid western district, was attacked by local hotel owners over his reporting on the sale and distribution of liquor in the district headquarters. A hotelier woman named Tika Sahi called Malla to her hotel and then attacked him with homemade weapons. One of the hotel owner's relatives reportedly helped her assault the journalist. The women said that through his reporting, Malla had called on the local administration to ban the sale of... MORE
July 25, 2014

Journalist displaced after threats in Nepal

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in condemning the incidents leading to displacement of journalist Ramesh Rawal from Kalikot district of remote Karnali, mid-west Nepal two weeks ago. Rawal informed the FNJ that he was forced to move out of his home district after receiving continuous threats from various officials regarding news he reported for Karobar economic daily in Kathmandu and local daily Hamro Karnali Khabar. The... MORE
July 15, 2014

Nepal court sentences journalist’s murderers to life imprisonment

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in welcoming the court verdict on the case of murder of journalist Yadav Poudel on July 10, 2014. A joint bench of Justices Udaya Prakash Chapagain and Gunaraj Dhungel at the Appellate Court handed over life imprisonment to Yubaraj Giri, Somnath Dhakal and his wife Manju Dhakal. The court also sentenced Madan Rai six months in jail for his involvement in 2012 murder of Poudel. On... MORE
July 4, 2014

45 journalists detained for seven hours in Nepal

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in condemning the detention of 45 journalists in the capital city of Kathmandu by Nepal Police on July 1, 2014. Police arrested the journalists from the premises of the Ministry of Finance where they were staging a peaceful sit-in to demand the government pay for public welfare advertisements. The government, through the Department of Information, submits public welfare advertisements to media... MORE
June 24, 2014

Bill on contempt of court undermines freedom of expression in Nepal

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in expressing serious concerns over the proposed Contempt of the Court Bill. The bill, registered on June 9 in the Legislature Parliament by the government, defines contempt of court including obstructing the implementation of justice delivery, influencing a sub judicial matter, insulting the judgment of a court and recording of the activities within a courtroom without judges’... MORE
June 13, 2014

Journalist attacked by thugs in Nepal

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in condemning an attack on a journalist on Sunday, June 7. Thakur Gurung , the news editor of Radio Bihani in Dhading district, was attacked in Bansathali, Kathmandu by an unidentified group while he was returning from a program that he attended in the capacity of a journalist. He suffered serious injuries on his head, right hand and chest; and was rushed to the Janamaitri Hospital,... MORE
June 6, 2011

Nepal journalist's killers sentenced to life

The two men who murdered journalist Birendra Shah have been awarded life imprisonment. A judge in the central Bara district sentenced Mainejar Giri and Ram Ekwal Sahini to life terms and confiscated their property on May 30, according to local news reports. The two abducted and killed Shah, a local correspondent for the Nepal FM radio station, Dristi Weekly, and Avenues TV, on October 4, 2007. Maoist leaders have said publicly that renegade party member Lal Bahadur Chaudhary, and two associates... MORE
March 6, 2011

Two journalists receive death threats in Nepal

Freedom Forum has expressed concern over the growing incidence of press freedom violations across the country. Freedom Forum's attention has recently been drawn towards an incident that occurred in Bajura, a district in the far-western region of the country, on March 1. Chief of the District Sports Committee, Nrip Singh Baduwal, leveled a death threat against journalist Prakash Singh , accusing him of covering a story about the Sports Committee. Singh said he was threatened by Baduwal because... MORE
February 19, 2011

Nepal: 2011 starts on a violent note for journalists

Nepal is failing to act in the face of the growing number of attacks on freedom targeting journalists, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has alleged. Nepal has reached an extremely worrying level of attacks on the media, mostly the responsibility of political parties and religious groups. “We call on the authorities to do everything to end these attacks, prevent a culture of impunity taking hold and dissipate the permanent feeling of insecurity which acts as brake... MORE
January 29, 2011

International community urges Nepal to address impunity and protect journalists

At the tenth session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group today, countries from around the world recommended the Nepali government immediately address the growing impunity in the country, and protect journalists and human rights defenders from attacks. "The international community has come together during today's review to highlight the growing concern about impunity in the country and call for the government to address the worrying situation," said Dr Agnes Callamard, ARTICLE... MORE