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Maoist group attempts to kidnap journalist, threatens him with death over coverage

(FNJ/IFEX) - On 14 August 2007, the Maoist-aligned Young Communist league (YCL) attempted to abduct Madhav Basnet, a journalist with "Dristi" weekly newspaper, from his office in Bagbazar, Kathmandu, and threatened to kill him.

About 20 YCL cadres went to the weekly's office and asked Basnet to go with them. When he refused to do so, the cadres attempted to abduct him and threatened to kill him. Basnet claimed he was being threatened for reporting about Maoist activity. He has not been able to come out of his house, fearing the consequences.

The FNJ has condemned the death threat and attempted abduction. Journalists have the right to present news of every issue of public interest from all sides. No one can stop journalists from collecting and disseminating news. The FNJ has urged the government to take strong action against those guilty and provide security to media persons.

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