Media Monitoring Report/Feb-May 2-14
FNJ condemns death threats to journalist
3 March 2014/Kathmandu: Serious attention of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has been drawn towards death threats being issued to journalist KP Dhungana, correspondent of Nagarik Daily, over news published on the newspaper he works for in Kathmandu (Central Region of Nepal).
According to journalist Dhungana, the death threats are being made by unknown people from different mobile numbers. Dhungana was one of the journalists of a Nagarik Daily story (dated 26 February 2014) that quoted its own sources accusing social worker Dil Shova Shrestha of illegally running a children’s home and forcing one of her staff into flesh trade.
Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) strongly condemns the death threats and reiterates that the concerned media and the journalist themselves are responsible for what they write. Death threats to a journalist over published news is an activity against the press freedom especially when the option for those not satisfied with the news can still resort to other legal means. FNJ demands that the government immediately identify the people who threatened journalist Dhungana and bring them under the legal procedure. FNJ also demands that the government to be more serious over the issue of security of journalists.
FNJ condemns Journalist Attack
11 March 2014/Dhanusha: Serious attention of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has been drawn towards the incident where a journalist was brutally attacked by an unidentified group in Dharapani VDC of Dhanusha district (Central Region of Nepal) on 7 March 2014.
BP Shah, the Executive Editor of Desiya Monthly, was brutally attacked by four to five unidentified people in Dharapani VDC where he was attending a wedding ceremony of his relative. According to journalist Shah, the attackers told him: “You tend to be a journalist and write anything you want. Now, you write news about yourself!” Journalist Shah has sustained serious injuries on his head and is currently undergoing treatment at Medicare Hospital in Janakpur (the district headquarters of Dhanusha).
An attack on a journalist in any form is against the freedom of the press and information. FNJ believes that this kind of incident is against the constitutional right of the media. FNJ strongly condemns the incident and demands that the government to identify the people involved in the incident and booking them under the legal procedure. FNJ also demands that arrangements be made for medical treatment of the injured journalist.
FNJ condemns police behavior towards Former Chief Information Commissioner
21 April 2014/Kathmandu: Serious attention of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has been drawn towards the incident of Nepal Police detaining former Chief of National Information Commission, Vinaya Kumar Kasajoo, for a few hours on 18 April 2014 in Kathmandu (Central Region and Capital of Nepal). Police have cited “investigation” as the cause for the detention and returned his laptop only a day later.
It is sad that the Nepal Police resorted to such a behavior without proper evidence upon the former Chief Commissioner of National Information Commission. FNJ also demands that the police, hereby, make public why the move was made as well as Kasajoo’s laptop was confiscated for a day.
FNJ condemns Journalist Attack
29 April 2014/Rasuwa: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of two journalists, Som Bahadur Tamang, President of FNJ Rasuwa Chapter and member Malfurwa Tamang, who were brutally attacked in a program by a group led by former Constitution Assembly Member of UCPN Maoist, Prem Bahadur Tamang and Ramsharan Poudel in Rasuwa (Central region of Nepal) on 28 April 2014.
Journalist Som Bahadur Tamang and Malfurwa Tamang were there for news covering of the program that organized by UCPN Maoist in Laharepouwa, Rasuwa. A group led by CA member Prem Bahadur Tamang and Ram sharan Poudel including Norbusingi Tamang, Kasifinjo Tamang, Tamangkasi Tamang, Sunar Gamajan Tamang and Shambhu Tamang.
Attacks on journalist, who have taken of the responsibility to inform the general public is an activity against the press freedom and freedom of expression. FNJ strongly condemns the incident that blunted the general public’s constitutional rights of right to information.
FNJ condemns misbehavior with Journalist
18 May 2014/Kathmandu: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) is seriously concerned over the incident of a journalist who was misbehaved and vandalized her Camera and Laptop by unknown person in Kathmandu (Central Region of Nepal) on 17 May 2014.
According to our Lalitpur Chapter Nirjana Bhatta, member of FNJ Lalitpur Chapter, misbehaved by an unknown person, who was suddenly entering her house (located in Banasthali, Kathmandu) and misbehaved her using by foul words as well as vandalized her camera and laptop.
Misbehaving the journalist without any cause is an activity against press freedom. FNJ believes this kind of incident makes more challenges on professional security of the journalist. FNJ strongly condemns the incident of misbehave with journalist Bhatta. FNJ demands the government to immediately identify the people involved in the incident and bring them under the legal procedure as well as assure the security of the journalist.
FNJ condemns the misbehavior/manhandle of journalists
22 May 2014/Banke: Serious attention of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has been drawn towards the incident of three journalists who were misbehaved and manhandled by policemen who were in an inebriated state while on duty in Setu BK Chowk in Nepalgunj (Mid Western Region of Nepal) on 21 May 2014.
Journalists Bhagatram Tharu, Sub Editor of Prabhat Ghosana Daily, and Sunil Regmi, affiliated with Madhyapaschim Sandesh, were misbehaved and manhandled by the police while they were on a reporting assignment. The policeman also placed a handcuff on another journalist, Chhetranath Devkota, who is the correspondent of Mountain Television. Journalist Devkota’s camera and motorcycle were also seized when he inquired about the incident where the other two journalists were misbehaved upon and manhandled.
Such a behavior by the security forces despite revealing the identity by journalists is a direct interference upon the media and press freedom. It has raised a question over the current peace and security situation in our country.
FNJ strongly condemns the incident and demands that the government initiate the return of the seized equipment and punish the guilty. FNJ also demands the concerned party to punish the involved police personnel and make public the actions initiated.