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Journalist threatened over news coverage

(FNJ/IFEX) - Bishnu Chaulagain, chief editor of "Kavre Post" daily, was threatened by Nepal Communist Party-United Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) cadre Rurdra Baniya on 8 April 2008 in Kavre, a neighbouring district of Kathmandu.

Ishwori Ojha, president of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Kavre chapter, said that Baniya threatened to"paint his face black," in order to shame the journalist. The threat came in reaction to the publication of news about the activities of the Janamorcha, another political party.

FNJ denounced the incident and qualified the act as immoral and irresponsible. FNJ insists that the CPN-UML cadre should be aware of the norms of press freedom, freedom of expression and the right to information.

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