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Journalists barred from taking photographs of Maoist cadres destroying local resident's house

(FNJ/IFEX) - Journalists Thakur Singh Tharu and Surendra Kafle, from Banke, in mid-west Nepal, were not allowed to take photographs of Maoist cadres destroying the house of a local resident in Naubasta village on 15 November 2007.

The two had arrived at the site to report the destruction, but despite their repeated requests, Maoist cadres stopped them from taking photographs, saying it was the party's order, informed Prem Bahadur KC, president of FNJ's Banke chapter.

FNJ has condemned the incident. It is wrong to create obstacles to the free flow of information. It is the right of a journalist to collect and disseminate information. The Federation has urged those concerned to apologize for the incident, not to repeat such actions in future and to respect the right of information of every citizen.

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