Monthly Media Monitoring Report / July 2013
3 July 2013/Sindhupalchowk: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of the copies of Okhareni Weekly, published from Sindhulipalchowk were captured by activist of Nepal Student Union (NSU) and Tarun Dal (Affiliated with Nepali Congress Party) at Sindhulpalchowk (Central region of Nepal) on 2 July 2013.
According to the FNJ Sindhupalchowk Chapter- Yudhir Poudel, ex district secretary of NSU and Balkrishna Basnet, activist of Tarul Dal had forcefully captured the copies of newspaper from it’s distributor from the place of distribution at Barabise, Sindhupalchowk.
Copies of newspaper captured by the activist of responsible party is an obstacle on right to information of the general people, when other alternative to seek legal means if one is not satisfied over the published news is available. FNJ condemns this activity which is against the press freedom and freedom of expression. FNJ demands the leader of concerned party to respect the press freedom by punishing the people involved in the incident and not let similar incident reoccur. Also, FNJ demands the government to be serious on the security of the journalist.
12 July 2013/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of a journalist Deepak Dhital, affiliated with Citizen FM who was attacked by Kumar Silwal from Sukedhara, who is originally from Sindhupalchowk (Central Region of Nepal).
Dhital was attacked in his rented room by Silwal related with the issue of the fight that occurred in Sukedhara, New colony on July 11. Dhital saw the fight and then returned to his home, therefore the party involved in fight accused Dhital by saying ” “you are a journalist, I found you taking interest/concerned over my case, I will not leave you”, and attacked him.
An attack on journalist without any actual reason is against the press and freedom of expression. FNJ believes this kind of incident demoralized the journalist to fulfill their role. FNJ strongly condemns the incident. FNJ demands the government to punish the guilty and to be serious over the security of the journalists.
19 July 2013/Illam: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of Somnath Suseli, Former President of FNJ Illam Chapter and Station Manager of Radio Nepalibani was misbehaved by Mahendra Chouhan, Accountant of District Development Committee, Illam (eastern region of Nepal).
Journalist Suseli is also editor of Local newspaper Illam Express Daily. Accountant Chouhan misbehaved journalist Suseli at the office premises while he was there to collect the payment of advertisement, which was published on Illam Express Daily.
It raises question the state that journalist was misbehaved by District Development Committee’s staff at office premises which is the place of directly concerned with the general public. FNJ believes this kind of incident raise the professional insecurity of the journalist. FNJ condemns the incident which is demoralized the press and freedom of expression. FNJ demands the local administration to punish this staff involved in the incident and create secure atmosphere for the journalist .
26 July 2013/Kathmandu: Serious attention of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has been drawn towards the incident of a journalist Nabin Dhungana, affiliated with avenues Television was attacked by Bhaskar Raj Karnikar, the Executive President of Avenues Television and another journalist Jyoti Shah affiliated with the same television was dismissed from her work after the direct order issued from Karnikar. The two journalists had informed FNJ that they didn’t receive their wages for a long time.
The victim informed FNJ that injustice has been done to them by President Karnikar, after the situation occurred following the misunderstanding between two journalist working in the same television
It is condemnable that the journalists were injustice by the responsible person as the Executive President of a successful Television for a long time in journalism. It proves that under which condition and what kind of pressure the journalists are working in Nepal. FNJ requests Karnikar to respect the press who has advocate the free press and freedom of expression and also requests to immediate apply the working journalist act.
FNJ condemns sexual harassment of Nepal 1 staffer
30 July 2013/Kathmandu: Serious attention of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has been drawn towards the incident of sexual harassment of a program presenter by Sundar Singh Bidhuri, the Chief of Nepal Contact Office of Nepal 1 Television.
According to the victim, Renuka Kandel (Name revealed with consent), she was sexually harassed time and again while she was alone in the program room and Bidhuri used to use uncomfortable sexually explicit language, made inappropriate physical contact as well as made indecent comments such as your “shape” is not looking good in that dress. Journalist Kandel presents a Bhojpuri program in the same TV Station Bidhuri is chief of in its Nepal Contact Office.
FNJ strongly condemns this incident in which Bidhuri, who is an Indian national, has sexually harassed a journalist of his own office. FNJ also demands that the government take up this matter seriously and adopt strict legal means to punish the guilty, Bidhuri and Biraj Shrestha (both who are currently behind bars based on the victim’s complaint) and display its concerns over the security of journalists.