20 January 2008
Janakpur , Nepal
Journalist Attacked
Manoj Sah, freelancer journalist linked with Maoist allied Revolutionary Journalist Association, was attacked by a dozen of awful people on 17 January near Chamar Area of Janakpur, an eastern city of Nepal .
According to Ashok Rauniyar, president of Federation of Nepali Journalists Dhanusha chapter, Sah was attacked while he was returning home from his office. Sah was attacked by a group with Khukuri (a sharp weapon) and sustained serious injuries on head and wrists. Assailants attacked on his wrists saying "aren't you write news with these hands?" Now Sah is having operation in Teaching Hospital at capital city Kathmandu .
Rauniyar said that few days back Sah was threatened not to write news about Janaki Temple and the reason for his attacked is the news published on a local daily Bishwojagaran.  Sah has filed complain over the priest Ramtapeshwor Das Sah as an offender and one of the culprit is under police control.
FNJ condemns such attacks on the media persons by different groups. Attacks on media person have increased and government is failed to provide security to them. The trend of attack on journalists in recent days shows that the personal security of journalists is in most danger. For this reason, FNJ urges government to be more serious on the security of media person and take the strong action to the culprit.

Pradeep Kaphle