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Army officer threatens journalists

(FNJ/IFEX) - Sagar Shrestha, a photojournalist with "Naya Patrika Daily", Rajesh Gurung, a photojournalist with "The Himalayan Times", and journalists Khagendra Panta and Dipendra Kunwar were verbally abused by an army officer when they went to a suspected burial site in Shivapuri National Park in Kathmandu on 20 December 2007.

The journalists, along with human rights activists, were threatened by Lt. Colonial Rajiv Shah when they reached the site to gather news. According to Sagar Shrestha, Shah threatened them, saying, "You people are not true journalists. All of you are trying to conspire against the army to defame it." Shah then abused the team with vulgar language and also threatened them if they did not leave immediately.

The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has condemned the incident. Creating obstacles that prevent professional journalists from gathering news is a shameful act. No one should hinder journalists in their work of informing people. The Federation has urged the government to take action against the guilty party and ensure that similar incidents do not take place in the future.

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