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Kantipur television station journalist assaulted, injured, over footage taken in 2006

(FNJ/IFEX) - Khagendra Bhandari, a reporter for Kantipur television station, was recently beaten by Deepak Karki, a local resident of Banepa, in Kavre, a district near Kathmandu.

According to FNJ Kavre chapter president Bhola Thapa, Bhandari was beaten while he was taking footage of the road area for a news story about frequent road accidents. Karki suddenly attacked him, asking about footage taken years ago.

Bhandari told FNJ that he had done a news story about drug addiction on Kantipur television two years ago. In that story, video footage of Karki was also included. Karki attacked him because of that news story.

Bhandari sustained injuries to his face and his camera was also damaged in the attack.

FNJ expresses deep concern about the incident and asks the local authorities to punish Karki and to order him to compensate Bhandari without delay for the damage to his equipment.

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