News Paper office vandalized 1 January 2014/Kailali: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of vandalism and fire in the office of Tikapur Daily, situated at Tikapur, Kailali (Far Western Region of Nepal) by a group of people over the published news on 1st January 2014. The incident of expressing the discontent with the subject matter by the act of vandalism and putting fire in the office is an attack on press and freedom of expression. Since, if anyone is not satisfied with the content of the subject there is an alternative method to seek remedy, and unit to address the issue. FNJ believes that this kind of incident has demoralized the general public and journalist’s constitutional rights. FNJ condemns this anti press and irresponsible incident. FNJ demands the government to investigate the incident and bring those guilty under the legal procedure, provide compensation for the damages incurred and pay serious attention on the security of the journalist and general public. FNJ president Shiva Gaunle and Secretary of Home Ministry, Janardan Nepal met today and held a serious discussion related with this issue. Secretary Nepal adressing this issue said that the guilt will be identified and an immediate action as per the procedure. Nagarik Editor-In-Chief Attacked 8 January 2014/Kathmandu: Serious attention of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has been drawn towards the attack upon Editor-In-Chief of Nagarik Daily, Prateek Pradhan, by an unidentified group, near Baneshwar-Bhimsengola road in the Capital on the evening of 7 January 2014. Editor Pradhan’s car (Ba 5 Cha 3959) was also vandalized in the incident. Pradhan was stuck in a traffic jam when an unidentified group in three to four motorcycles carrying swords, metal rods and wooden sticks attacked and escaped breaking the rear mirror. No arrests have been made so far. Security of journalists in an extremely important issue, and this incident where a renowned Editor was attacked in the capital, depicts how insecure environment Nepali journalists are working in. This incident has posed serious questions over the existing security situation. FNJ strongly condemns such barbaric attack which has acted as an obstruction to free press and creates serious challenges to enjoy the right to press and freedom of expression guaranteed by our Interim Constitution. FNJ demands the government to immediately identify the people involved in the incident and bring them under the legal procedure. Journalists Detained 12 January 2014/Kathmandu: Serious attention of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has been drawn towards the incident of over twenty journalists who were misbehaved and detained by Nepal Police on 12 January 2014 for protesting the behaviour of the Chief of Commission for Investigating Abuse of Authority (CIAA), Lokman Singh Karki, for a question asked by the journalists at a press conference. Chief Commissioner Karki had called for a press conference himself at District Administration Office in Biratnagar, Morang (Eastern Region of Nepal). The journalists had asked Chief Commissioner Karki about CIAA’s stand on the sudden increase in smuggling of betel nut (areca nut) in the region after he took over office. Earlier, Chief Commissioner Karki had talked about CIAA’s role in curbing corruption by extending its branches in the region. Chief Commissioner Karki, who was agitated with the question, went on mistreating the journalists by questioning their credibility and even using foul language. When the journalists protested Chief Commissioner Karki’s behaviour, the police then intervened, hitting some with batons, and detained the journalists for about an hour. This is direct interference on the freedom of press and it is further unfortunate that the misbehaviour and detention of journalists had to take place under orders of the Chief of a constitutional institution like Commission for Investigate Abuse of Authority (CIAA). FNJ condemns the incident and draws the attention of the government to respect the constitutional rights of the media and assist in create a better working environment for journalists. Journalists Threatened 24 January 2014/Mahottari: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of two active journalists from Bardibas-7, Mahottari (Central Region of Nepal), Gita Chimoritya, affiliated with Radio Darpan and Santosh Pokhrel, editor of Bardibas Khabar Daily, who were misbehaved and threatened of life over published and broadcasted news about road accident in district by Dev Raj Kafle and Buddhiraj Neupane, who known as Sanjay on 24 January 2014. They had threatened journalist Pokhrel by calling him and threatened journalist Chimoriya at her office room. Threat to journalist over published news is direct interference on the press. If anyone is not satisfied with the content of the subject there is right to seek legal option to address the issue. FNJ strongly condemns the incident, which demoralized the journalists and makes them weak to fulfill their responsibility. FNJ demands the government to bring the guilty under the legal procedure and make free and fearless working atmosphere for the journalist.

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News Paper office vandalized 1 January 2014/Kailali: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of vandalism and fire in the office of Tikapur Daily, situated at Tikapur, Kailali (Far Western Region of Nepal) by a group of people over the published news on 1st January...