24 January 2008
Kathmandu , Nepal
Journalists attacked, mistreated
Maina Dhital, correspondent of Kantipur Daily, Anjali Subedi reporter of The Kathmandu Post were beaten up by the demonstrators on 23 January at New Baneshwor, Kathmandu, capital of Nepal .
According to the statement issued by Federation of Nepali Journalists, Kantipur Chapter, demonstrators attacked the journalists, while they were coming to office at Tinkune. Demonstrators vandalized Dhital's motorbike, even she was wearing a yellow jacket with 'press' written on it and had press stickers both at the front and rear of her bike. Statement further states that the demonstrators also confiscated her wallet containing her identity card, driving license and two ATM cards. Subedi, a pillion rider on Dhital's motorcycle was also harassed.
Similarly, the protesters also vandalized motorcycles belonging to Kantipur scribes Bikas Thapa and Ganesh Rai, and Ashwini Koirala of Saptahik, a weekly paper of Kantipur publications at New Baneshwor.
Issuing a press statement FNJ says that demonstrators at Ratnapark attacked journalist Shree Bikram Bhandari and vandalized his motorcycle. Similarly, Ananta Raj Luintel and Dewan Rai of The Himalayan Times, Rajan Raj Joshi of Annapurna Post, Madhav Nirdoshi, chairman of Hatemalo Media Services, Lomus Joshi, reporter of Independent Business News were attacked by the protesters and their vehicles were vandalized. Demonstrators also misbehaved with Rishi Dhamala of Reporters Club and Photo journalists Sabin Tuladhar and the vehicle belonging to Nepal Samacharpatra is also vandalized in the incident.
The Kathmandu Post, a national daily, says "demonstrators beat up and manhandled at least 11 journalists and vandalized eight vehicles used by scribes during protests in the capital Wednesday against fuel price hikes".
FNJ in its press statement condemned the incident and said that it is a total irresponsibility of 'bandh callers' to tear up the identity cards of some journalists and used abusive language against them. It also criticized the government for the poor security arrangement and demanded the government compensation for the vandalized vehicles.
Pradeep Kaphle