JOURNALISTS ATTACKED BY GOVERNMENT POLICE FORCE


27 February 2008
Rautahat, Nepal
 
Journalists attacked
 
Madan Thakur, member of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Rautahat chapter, Arun Yadav of Pratik Daily, Ramgir Mukhiya of Matribhumi Daily and Dinesh Sah of NTV were attacked by the police personal of Armed Police Force on 26 February at Gaur, Rautahat district, located at a central region of Nepal .
 
According to Prem Chandra Jha, president of FNJ, Rautahat chapter, journalists with Thakur were attacked while they were covering news about police personal getting inside the house of locals and breaking the belongings without any reason. Thakur himself said that police personal attacked them with the wooden stick and police helmet. Thakur received injuries on his leg, hand and body, Yadav and Mukhiya on their head and Sah on his hand, due to the attack. They are having treatment at Gaur Hospital . At the interference police damaged mobile phone, camera and watch of Thakur, camera of Dinesh Sah and mobile of Yadav.
 
FNJ has condemned the attack on media persons by security personnel and very much concerned about the growing threats on journalists from every side. It said that it is very painful that journalists are receiving threats and attacks time an again by personnel involved in security of the nation. FNJ urged the government authorities not to hinder media person to precede their professional duties and to punish security personnel involved in the action. It also asked the government to be more serious to provide sufficient security to media person.
  Pradeep Kaphle
     Nepal

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