PPF Protests threat to radio broadcasters and journalists
Pakistan Press Foundation has expressed concern over the closure of two FM Radio stations, Dhrubatara FM and Panchakoshi FM, and four newspapers, Dhamaka Daily, Hamro Teshro Aankha Daily, Ravibar Weekly and Sajha Pratibimbha Weekly in Dailekh District, Nepal.
Quoting information from World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in a letter to the Prime Minister of Nepal, cadres of Young Communist League (YCL) threatened journalists who were protesting during a visit by the prime minister to Dailekh district. The party members publicly warned several journalists and community broadcasters they could face the same fate as their colleague Dekendra Thapa, murdered four years ago.
After receiving serious threats to their lives, the community broadcasters decided to leave Dailekh district along with other journalists. The mass departure of broadcasters and other journalists from Dailekh is certain to cause zero reporting from the district.
PPF, therefore, strongly urges the Nepali government to put an end to such threats and guarantee community broadcasters and journalists the basic right to work in safety and to respect press freedom and citizens’ right to information. Also, the local administration needs to provide security to the community broadcasters and journalists and take action against the culprits so that they carry out their professional responsibilities in a free and independent environment.
Pakistan Press Foundation