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Kantipur media group's vehicle and newspapers torched by FLSC activists in retaliation for coverage

(FNJ/IFEX) - A vehicle of Kantipur Publications and 8,000 copies of "Kantipur" and "The Kathmandu Post" dailies were burnt by cadres of the Federal Limbhuwan State Council (FLSC) at around 5 a.m. (local time) on 20 February 2008 on the Surunga - Birtamod road, in the eastern region of Nepal.

According to FNJ Vice-President Sanjaya Santoshi Rai, the vehicle was stopped while it was heading to Jhapa by a dozen FLSC cadres, who set it on fire saying that the news published in "Kantipur" daily had led to their activists' arrest. Driver Hom Moktan and distributor Ganga Ram Bhandari were immobilised by the FLSC activists and their mobile phones were also confiscated before the activists torched the vehicle.

FNJ has condemned the attack and urges the FLSC to stop hindering media persons in carrying out their duties.

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