Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Khadga Prasad Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal has expressed concern over the physical attacks on journalists in Nepal.
PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali urged the Nepali government to investigate this incident and take steps to ensure the safety of journalists.
According to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), two journalists Chhabilal Tiwari and Om Prakash Gayal were attacked in Parbat. Similarly in Rupendehi, three journalists Radheshyam Biswokarma, Salman Khan and Deepak Ghimire were attacked during reporting.
On August 9, a local businessman Puskal Sharma attacked Chhabilal Tiwari, correspondent of ‘Nagarik’ daily and chairman of the district committee of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) and Nepal Press Union (NPU). He also attacked Om Prakash Gayal, station manager of ‘Radio Saligram’. The purpose behind the attack was not clear.
In another incident that took place on August 5, Radheshyam Bishwokarma of the daily ‘Butwal Today’ and ‘Buddha TV’, Salman Khan a local journalist from the daily ‘Annapurna Post’ and Deepak Ghimire, editor of ‘Khabarweekly’ were attacked and their equipment was also destroyed by students who were protesting over the death of a class fellow at the Universal College of Medical Sciences.
“The NPU demands immediate action against the attackers; and urges the local authorities to ensure safe reporting environment for journalists”, said NPU General Secretary Ajaya Babu Shiwakoti.