75 press freedom violation incidents targeting 272 journalists and 9 media in 1 year

File image: Federation of Nepali Journalists central office
File image: Federation of Nepali Journalists central office

Kathmandu, May 3

The umbrella organisation of Nepali journalists, the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) says it has recorded 75 incidents that amount to press freedom violations in one year from mid-April 2021 to mid-April 2022.

The FNJ revealed the data on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day.

The FNJ says these incidents targeted 272 journalists and nine media houses.

Whereas no incidents of murder or forced disappearance have been recorded in the year, the organisation says there were three detention cases. Likewise, there were nine incidents of obstruction, one incident of attack, and 28 incidents of abuse and threats. Moreover, there were 31 incidents related to the professional security of journalists.

“Although 28 years have passed since the introduction of the Working Journalists Act, some media houses have not implemented the law completely,” the report reads.

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