MORE DISPATCHES FROM PRADEEP KAPHLE ON CHALLENGES TO THE PRACTICE OF JOURNALISM IN NEPAL



31 December 2007
Nepal
 
Media House attacked
 
Nepal Samacharpatra Daily's branch office was attacked by unidentified people on 29 December 2007 at Biratnagar of Morang, an eastern district of Nepal.
 
According to Shiva Bahadur Karki, president of Federation of Nepali Journalists, Morang chapter, two unidentified persons on a motorbike exploded a bomb in front of the office of Nepal Samacharpatra daily. However no one has taken the responsibility of the explosion. No damage has been reported at the daily's office. The blast was carried out during the load-shedding period in the evening.
 
Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has condemned the incident and has urged the government to probe the incident and punish the guilty.  The Federation has urged the government to improve security system and provide security to the media.
    Pradeep Kaphle
        Nepal

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21 December 2007
 Nepal
 
Army officer threatens journalists
 
Sagar Shrestha, photojournalist of  "Naya Patrika daily", Rajesh Gurung, photojournalist of "The Himalayan Times" and journalists Khagendra Panta and Dipendra Kunwar were abused by army personnel when they went to a suspected burial site in Shivapuri National Park on 20 December at Kathmandu .
 
The scribes along with the human rights activists were threatened by Lt. Colonial Rajiv Shah when they reached the site to collect news. According to Sagar Shrestha, Shah threatened them saying, "You people are not true journalists. All of you are trying to conspire against the army to defame it." Shah then abused the team with vulgar language and also threatened them to bear consequences if they do not return immediately.
 
Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has condemned the incident. To create obstacles in the way of collecting news from a person holding a responsible post is a shameful act. No one should hinder journalists in their work to inform people. The Federation has urged the government to take action against the guilty and also to make sure that the similar incident to not take place in the future.

Pradeep Kaphle
  Nepal

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14 December 2007
Tanahu, Nepal
 
Journalists Threatened
 
Prem Prasad Paudel, editor and Prakash Chandra Bhattarai, assistant editor of Lokbarni Weekly are receiving threats by the local leaders of student union of CPN-UML from past few days at Tanahu, a western district of Nepal.
 
According to Pradeep Kaphle, president of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Tanahu Chapter, journalists duo are receiving threats regarding the news published on local newspapers. The news was about the bribery of former central member of "All Nepal National Free Student Union" who had received treatment fund showing his name in the list of injured people in people's movement presenting fake documents in Direction and Management Committee, Lalitpur.
 
FNJ has condemned the incident and said that nobody can threat journalists on the basis of disseminated news. FNJ has urged government to take strong action against the guilty and provide security to media persons.
 
 
              From
Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ)
Media Village,
Kathmandu, Nepal

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