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Maoists threaten, attempt to besiege radio station in Achham

(FNJ/IFEX) - On 30 March 2008, Communist Party of Nepal (CPN)-Maoist cadres in Achham threatened to seize the only FM radio station operating in the district, Radio Ramaroshan. Achham is located in a far-western region of Nepal.

According to Bed Prakash Timalsina, president of FNJ's Achham chapter, Maoist leader Jhankar Bahadur Rawal, while speaking at a meeting related to the Constituent Assembly election campaign in Janali Bandal, threatened to seize the radio station. Maoists cadres then surrounded the station's transmission center in Thulasain, said Timalsina. The Maoists are threatening the station for allegedly broadcasting news critical of their party.

The Maoists fled when a police team reached the site.

FNJ condemns this attack on a media outlet and urges the Maoists not to hinder press freedom, freedom of expression and the public's right to information. FNJ also urges the government to punish the perpetrators of the attempted siege and to be more rigorous in providing adequate security to media personnel.

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