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Police officer threatens to kill journalist who exposed corruption

(FNJ/IFEX) - R. K. Patel, correspondent of Radio Birgunj "Prateek daily", published from Birgunj, was threatened to be killed by Prasani Kishori Yadav, a police officer working in Amarpatti Police Post at Birgunj, a district headquarters of Parsa, located in the central region of Nepal, on 13 November 2007.

According to Satrughan Nepal, the president of the Federation of Nepali Journalists' (FNJ) Parsa chapter, Patel was threatened after denouncing a case of corruption involving Yadav, who allegedly took a bribe and freed timber smugglers Hira Yadav and Ramsrawan Sah. Patel received threatening calls through various phone numbers.

FNJ has condemned the incident. It is shameful that journalists are receiving threats from police personnel. FNJ has urged the government to take strong action against the people responsible for the threats and provide security to media persons.

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