Alerts   |   Nepal

Nepal: Journalists must be free to report on their country’s turmoil

New York, April 21, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on King Gyanendra, all political parties, and other groups to respect press freedom and ensure the safety of Nepalese journalists, more than 20 of whom remain in detention.

“While Nepal is in political turmoil, we must remember the important role that journalists play at such times. They must be allowed to continue to inform the public of the fast-changing events that will affect the course of the nation as well as the safety of Nepalese people,” said Ann Cooper, CPJ’s executive director. “We call on the king to release all journalists and to ensure that they can work safely and freely.”
April 21, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Nepal

Journalists continue fight against detentions, repressive media law More than 200 Nepalese journalists arrested, dozens in custody

New York, April 18, 2006—More than 200 Nepalese journalists have been detained since April 4 while participating in pro-democracy protests to demand press freedom or while covering the nationwide demonstrations, according to information compiled by the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ). The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of the 31 journalists who remain in custody.
April 18, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Nepal

As strikes continue in Nepal, attacks on journalists reported

New York, April 14, 2006—Thirteen journalists were arrested today in Baglung, west of Kathmandu, while protesting against media restrictions during the seventh day of a nationwide strike, the Federation of Nepalese Journalists reported. Others detained during the past week, including veteran journalist Kanak Mani Dixit, remain in police custody.
April 14, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Nepal

Nepal: Security forces target journalists covering crackdown

New York, April 10, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores the use of force against journalists covering pro-democracy demonstrations across Nepal in which at least three people have died. Police in Kathmandu today beat four journalists affiliated with the independent news group Kantipur in what news editor Guna Raj Luitel said was retribution for critical reporting on the police.
April 10, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Nepal

Nepalese journalist detained after report of explosion

New York, March 7, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Nepalese authorities’ detention of journalist Jay Gupta, editor and publisher of the Kathmandu-based Uptyaka Daily and the weekly Dishanirdesh. Police arrested Gupta on Friday after his publications reported that a bomb went off near a royal vacation retreat that King Gyanendra and his wife were visiting in the central town of Pokhara, local journalists told CPJ.
March 7, 2006 12:00 PM ET

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CPJ Update

CPJ Update
Committee to Protect Journalists
February 17, 2006

CPJ's Attacks on the Press released in four cities worldwide

February 17, 2006 12:00 AM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Afghanistan, Algeria, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Rwanda, Singapore, Somalia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam

Attacks on the Press 2005: Countries That Have Jailed Journalists (Follow Links for More Details)


Ali Mohaqqiq Nasab, Haqooq-i-Zan (Women's Rights)
Imprisoned: October 1, 2005

The attorney general ordered editor Nasab's arrest on blasphemy charges after the religious adviser to President Hamid Karzai, Mohaiuddin Baluch, filed a complaint about his magazine. "I took the two magazines and spoke to the Supreme Court chief, who wrote to the attorney general to investigate," Baluch told The Associated Press.

Attacks on the Press   |   India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand

Attacks on the Press 2005: Asia Analysis

As Radio Grows Powerful, Challenges Emerge
By Abi Wright

At home, in the car, and even in the fields, more people across Asia are getting their news on the radio than ever before. Increasingly, this accessible and affordable medium is bringing real-time information to remote areas of Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines, Afghanistan, and Thailand, parts of which were previously days or even weeks behind the news cycle. In Afghanistan, 83 percent of the population say they tune in to radio news, the Afghan consulting firm Altai found in 2005. In the Philippines, the audience is even larger, with 87 percent reporting that they listen to news on the radio, according to a poll by the national broadcast regulator KBP.

February 16, 2006 11:55 AM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Nepal

Attacks on the Press 2005: Nepal


King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev seized direct power on February 1, dealing an unprecedented blow to press freedom. He cut all telephone lines, blocked Internet service, and sent the army to major media outlets to censor the news line by line. Hundreds of political leaders, civil activists, and journalists were detained. The king dismissed his multiparty government and declared a state of emergency, which lasted three months.
February 16, 2006 11:21 AM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Cameroon, Egypt, France, Iraq, Nepal, Qatar, Venezuela

Attacks on the Press 2005: United States


An investigation into the leak of a CIA officer's identity erupted,
with one reporter compelled to testify about his confidential source, another jailed for 85 days before she testified, and a high-level White House aide indicted on federal charges of perjury, false statements, and obstruction of justice. Confidentiality of sources was under attack in a number of other U.S. cases as well. In New Orleans, authorities restricted media access and harassed journalists in several incidents in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. And in Washington, D.C., federal auditors concluded that the Bush administration had broken the law by disseminating "covert propaganda."
February 16, 2006 11:01 AM ET


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