New York, July 23, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by Thursday’s killing of Devi Prasad Dhital, the chairman of Nepal’s broadcaster Radio Tulsipur FM. His is the third murder of a Nepalese media owner in a less than six months.
Dhital died after being shot several times while riding a
motorcycle in Tulsipur, in Nepal’s mid-western district of Dang, about 450
miles (280 km) west of Kathmandu, according to local and international media
reports. A group of at least four assailants shot Dhital at least three times
in the chest. He was rushed to Rapti
in Tulsipur, where he died, according to the reports.
Dhital was also reportedly a successful businessman, and it
remains unclear what the motive was behind his murder.
In February, chairman of Channel Nepal television and the satellite
Space Time Network Jamim
Shah was gunned down on the road by masked gunmen in similar fashion. Less
than a month later, publisher Arun
Singhaniya was murdered when an unidentified group on motorcycles shot him
outside his home.
“The killings of media owners in Nepal are a great cause for concern,”
said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia Program coordinator. “The attacks cast a shadow over
the country’s young, emerging media, which faces pressures from all quarters in
These cases should be resolved quickly to remove the threat they cast over
The Federation of Nepali Journalists has condemned the
killing and formed
a three-member panel to investigate.