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Journalist abducted

(FNJ/IFEX) - Hridayaraj Gautam, editor of the "Khulamanch Weekly" and a district member of Press Chautari Nepal, was abducted from his home at 8:30 pm (local time) on 20 June 2007 by unknown individuals in Bara, a district in central Nepal.

According to Binod Pyakurel, president of FNJ's Bara chapter, Gautam was hosting a party at his home for friends and relatives after the name-giving ceremony for his newborn child when two unknown persons arrived on a motorcycle. They called him out of the house and abducted him after showing a weapon. The identity of the abductors and the motive are still unclear.

The Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) has condemned the incident and asked the government to start the search for Gautam immediately and take serious action against the guilty parties. The federation also expressed serious concern about the targeting of media personnel in Nepal's Terai region. FNJ also draws the attention of all concerned to the safety and security of journalists.

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