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Two journalists receive death threats from police officers over articles on smuggling

(FNJ/IFEX) - On 13 May 2008, Bindu Kumar Chauhan and Kanhai Yadav, journalists from Rupandehi, a western district of Nepal, were threatened with death by sub-inspector Dev Raj Aryal of a district police office and by mobile police officers of the same district.

The two journalists say that they were threatened over the telephone for having reported on police activities in a border area where much smuggling occurs, said FNJ-Rupendehi chapter president Mohan Chapagain.

FNJ strongly denounces the incident. Security forces are supposed to safeguard people, not threaten them. FNJ also urges anyone displeased with a news report to address their concerns through available legal means, such as the right of reply.

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