Nepal / Asia

Journalists attacked in Nepal since 1992

  
A Nepalese police officer maintains distance as he detains a man defying the lockdown imposed by the government amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Kathmandu on March 29, 2020. Several journalists have been detained or obstructed while reporting since the lockdown was imposed. (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar)

Nepali reporters detained, threatened while reporting on COVID-19 pandemic

Police in districts around Nepal briefly detained at least four journalists in relation to coverage of the coronavirus pandemic since the government introduced containment measures on March 23, 2020, while at least six others reported being threatened or attacked by a range of actors seeking to suppress allegations of wrongdoing over the same period, according…

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A man reads a newspaper in Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu, in May 2015. Journalists in Nepal say proposed regulations and pressure from authorities are damaging press freedom. (AFP/Prakash Singh)

Nepal’s hard-fought press freedom at risk amid restrictive bills, government pressure

Last year, when Raju Basnet was covering landgrabs in the Nepali city of Lalitpur, he knew he was playing with fire. His reports in the weekly Khojtalas alleged that powerful people, including government officials, were involved in the scheme and Basnet had already received multiple warnings to back off the story. Despite this, Basnet told…

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The Federal Parliament of Nepal is seen in Kathmandu on September 20, 2015. The body is currently considering measures that could restrict freedom of speech in the country. (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar)

Nepal government proposes bills that endanger press freedom

May 23, 2019, New York — The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about measures proposed by Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli’s government in the Federal Parliament of Nepal that threaten press freedom, and urged legislators and the government to amend the proposals in accordance with civil society and media recommendations.

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An outdoor newsstand in Kathmandu, Nepal, in September 2018. Police are investigating Tandav News editor Arjun Giri under Nepal's cybercrime act. (AP/Niranjan Shrestha)

Tandav News editor Giri investigated under Nepal’s cybercrime act

New York, April 15, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities in Nepal to not pursue charges under the country’s cybercrime act against Arjun Giri, the editor of the weekly Tandav News, who was briefly detained today.

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A street vendor waits for customers in Kathmandu, Nepal, on July 18, 2018. A new criminal code came into effect on August 17 in Nepal that threatened press freedom. (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar)

New Nepali criminal code threatens press freedom

Washington, D.C., August 20, 2018–Nepal’s government must repeal or amend the new criminal code that came into effect on August 17 to remove provisions that severely threaten press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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In Nepal, critical editor flees and journal’s funding is blocked

.@cijnepal founder @kundadixit gives video message: Censorship allows despots to win elections, they coopt journalists. #IJAsia16 pic.twitter.com/Uo558PQX5i— GIJN (@gijn) September 24, 2016 Kunda Dixit cut his once mop-like white hair, grew a beard, and quietly went into hiding, eventually fleeing Nepal for the safety of the U.S. to avoid arrest. And in doing so, the…

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Journalist arrested in Nepal while covering protest

New York, May 25, 2016–Police in Nepal arrested the journalist Shesh Narayan Jha on Monday while he was photographing a protester splashing paint on the walls of a government complex in Kathmandu, according to the Federation of Nepali Journalists and press reports.

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CPJ concerned by climate for free expression in Nepal

New York, May 3, 2016 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today said it is alarmed by Nepal’s decision to expel Canadian social media user Robert Penner. Immigration authorities revoked Penner’s visa because of his social media posts, which are frequently critical of the government, according to press reports.

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In Nepal, critical journalist Kanak Mani Dixit detained in corruption case

New York, April 25, 2016–The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Nepal to immediately release Kanak Mani Dixit, the founding editor of the independent regional news magazine Himal Southasian. The journalist, who has reported critically on the country’s civil war, has been harassed and detained previously by authorities.

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CPJ Newsletter: A year in review

Over the past year, CPJ has documented anti-press violations all over the world, cases of journalists killed, imprisoned, abducted, or threatened in relation to their work. You can see all of our coverage at our website, www.cpj.org. But here at CPJ Impact we also highlight those times when CPJ has stepped in and advocated for…

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