Journalist released after 251 days of detention

first_img Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information May 17, 2019 Find out more Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill The offices of several news media in Kathmandu have been ransacked during the past week and some journalists were mistreated by Maoist rebels. Three reporters are still been held by the authorities. Reporters Without Borders is concerned that the mounting violence is preventing journalists from working freely. May 29, 2019 Find out more The Nepalese army on 18 October released editor of the monthly SagarmathaTimes Jeetman Basnet from Bhairavnath barracks in Katmandu, where it hadbeen holding him. He had been arrested on 4 February 2004 for allegedsympathies with the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).The army had in an 11 March letter to the Supreme Court denied knowinganything about Basnet’s whereabouts. The interior and defence ministrieshad also officially confirmed this. However a special commission responsiblefor investigating cases of missing persons had said the journalist wasindeed imprisoned by the army on the orders of the government.Basnet, who is also a lawyer, has told the daily Rajdhani that he wasill-treated while in detention. He also said that the army was still holdingBhai Kaji Ghimire, of the monthly Samadistri, who had been thought to be atliberty.___________________________________________________07.09.2004Journalists kidnapped and harassed, newspaper offices attacked in wave of violence against the mediaReporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) expressed concern today about rising violence against journalists and media in Nepal and said it feared it would prevent free and proper reporting of events there. to go further Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story NepalAsia – Pacific It declared support for efforts by the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) to obtain the release of three journalists held by the authorities and two others kidnapped by Maoist rebels and repeated its call to the rebels to guarantee press freedom in the regions they control.Demonstrators assaulted journalists and attacked the offices of several media in Kathmandu on 1st September. Reporters Without Borders called on home minister Purna Bahadur Khadka to explain why police had not protected media offices and journalists during the Kathmandu protests.It renewed its call for the government to release Raju Kshetri and Maheshwar Pahari, of the weekly Rashtriya Swabhiman, and Jeetman Basnet, of the monthly Sagarmatha Times, who are being held in poor conditions. The supreme court has already ordered the release of Pahari and Basnet.The press freedom organisation has regularly deplored attacks on journalists and obstruction of their work by the rebels and the security forces in recent years. It has put both rebel leader Pushpan Kamal Dahal (“Comrade Prachanda”) and Nepalese King Gyanendra on its worldwide list of “predators of press freedom.” The Maoist rebels, heavily criticised after the 11 August execution of Radio Nepal reporter Dekendra Raj Thapa, continue to intimidate and threaten journalists in the districts. Bijay Mishra, a reporter for the daily Kantipur in the eastern district of Siraha, received a death threat on 2 September from a rebel cadre known as “Bibek”, who promised him “the same fate as Dekendra Raj Thapa.” The Maoists accused him of failing to report their activities in his newspaper.Baikuntha Dahal, a freelance journalist in the eastern district of Udaypur, has been receiving death threats from the Maoists for several weeks, especially in their clandestine radio broadcasts, because of his alleged support for the armed forces. Anup Gurung, of the local weekly Purva Mechi, was arrested on 29 August in the eastern district of Ilam when rebels forced him to join the “people’s divisions” as punishment for not reporting favourably on their activities in the region. He was made to serve as a porter but managed to escape. Journalist Durga Thapa was held for more than two weeks in August in eastern Nepal. The rebels are thought to have seriously violated press freedom at least a dozen times this year, through murders, kidnappings and death threats. The violent demonstrations that erupted in Kathmandu on 1 September after the execution of 12 Nepalese hostages in Iraq the previous day affected the media when protestors set fire to the offices of the privately-owned media groups Kantipur and Space Time. At least five Kantipur employees were hit by the demonstrators. Despite media appeals, police did not intervene. A dozen journalists, including Minal Pandey, of the Nepal 1 TV station, and Kiran Pandey, of the fortnightly magazine Himal Khabarpatrika, were attacked while reporting on the disturbances.Badri Khadka, said to be the correspondent of the banned pro-Maoist weekly Janadesh in the eastern districts of Mechi and Koshi, was reportedly killed by security forces on 29 August in Govindapur (Morang district) after being arrested and tortured. Local journalists said his body had been mutilated. The security forces have not confirmed his death, which was announced by the rebels.Reporters Without Borders cannot confirm that Khadka, 27, worked for Janadesh, which has only been available online since it ceased appearing in printed form in August 2003. The press freedom organisation considers that the total support of the staff of Janadesh for the armed rebellion of the Nepalese Communist Party is a serious violation of journalistic ethics. It condemns the paper’s calls for violence NepalAsia – Pacific center_img News News Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage News News Organisation Follow the news on Nepal June 8, 2020 Find out more October 22, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist released after 251 days of detention RSF_en last_img read more