NEPALESE MEDIA HARASSED IN TWO INCIDENTS



4 February 2008
Birgunj , Nepal
 
Media house attacked
 
Narayani Today published from Birgunj, Parsa, located at the central region of Nepal was attacked by a group of people on 3 February.
 
According to Shatrughan Nepal , president of FNJ, Parsa Chapter, a group of people break into the newspaper office shouting for disseminating news regarding the three people killed in police action, police had ranked them as members of Indian criminal gang.  The aggressive group also damaged the infrastructure and burnt down official documents saying "paper showed the killed people as criminals, which is not correct," informed Nepal. Due to this reason publication of the newspaper has closed for uncertain time.
 
Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has condemned the attack and asked the government to punish those involved in the incident, provide compensation to the media house and provide adequate security for media house, journalists and employees working there.

Pradeep Kaphle

    Nepal



4 February 2008
Nawalparasi, Nepal
 
 
Vehicle Vandalized
 
Motorcycle belonging to Brij Raj Kusawa, news correspondent of Kalika FM, was vandalized by a group of assailants on 3 February at around 5 pm at Mahendra highway, Nawalparasi, a western district of Nepal.
 
According to Keshav Parajuli, president of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Nawalparasi chapter, a group of assailants vandalized Kusawa's motorbike because he belonged to Madhesi community. Madhesi armed groups of Terai are fighting for independence of this region and have called two-day Terai bandh from 3 February. They assumed that he also belongs with these groups and targeted him saying, "this is the bandh caller." His motorbike was vandalized while he was on his way to cover the bandh program.
 
Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has condemned the incident and urged government to provide compensation to the victim journalist and to punish the guilty who were involved in the incident.

Pradeep Kaphle
 Nepal
 
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