Courtesy of Peter's New York

21 November 2007
Kathmandu , Nepal
FNJ organizes press conference
Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) organized a press conference to make public the report of the Federation's mission team at Mahendranagar.
The mission team went to Mahendranagar on 17 November for on-site monitoring of the abducted journalist Prakash Singh Thakuri who went missing from his rented house at Mahendranagar since 5 July.
The report from the mission team states that Maoist aligned Young Communist League's, YCL; cadres are involved in the abduction. The report says, "Maoists are making the incident more suspicious by denying their involvement in the incident."
Tekendra Bhatta, Maoist's assistant in-charge of Kanchanpur said that his party received the information that journalist Thakuri was close to the royal palace and he was initiating anti-Maoist activities. Similarly, YCL cadre Pomlal Sharma in his statement to the police has said that Thakuri's abduction was instructed by Prem, Seti-Mahakali coordinator of Maoist, and Sharma himself had shown Thakuri's rented room to other YCL cadres, according to the mission report.
The mission team collected various information regarding the incident through meetings and discussions with eye witnesses, Thakuri's wife Janaki, his relatives, suspects of the incidents who are under police control, media persons, leaders of political parties, chief district officer, police chief and leaders of Maoist party.
Speaking at the conference, FNJ president Bishnu Nisthuri condemned the incident. He urged the Maoist party to take the responsibility and public his condition. Nisthuri said, "The state of impunity should end in the nation." He said it is a serious crime against human rights to abduct and keep secret the whereabouts of a journalist.
The mission team comprised of FNJ vice president D.R Panta and FNJ central committee members Ramesh Bista and Purna Basnet.
  Pradeep Kaphle
 FNJ Tanahun District Chapter

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