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Police official assaults, threatens to kill journalist over coverage

(FNJ/IFEX) - On 24 November 2007, Govinda Ghimire, president of FNJ's Sunsari Chapter, was briefly abducted, beaten, and threatened with death by a police official. The incident took place in Itahari, Sunsari, an eastern district of Nepal.

Ghimire was captured by the official as he was returning home from his office. Ghimire informed FNJ that Janak Puri, a deputy superintendent of police, pulled him into a van, saying: "You are the one who wrote news about the deputy inspector general". Puri then beat and threatened to kill the journalist.

FNJ strongly condemns the incident. It is shameful that journalists receive threats time and again from security officials for simply fulfilling their role as reporters of the news. FNJ urges the government to take strong action against the assailant and to protect the journalist.

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