Pakistan Press Foundation condemns arson attack on Nepalese newspaper office
Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), an independent non-governmental institution committed to promoting and defending freedom of expression is concerned over arson attack on the office of Tikapur Daily published in Dhangadhi city in far-western Nepal over publishing of a news about a road accident on the first day of 2014.
Quoting the information from Freedom Forum, PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in a letter to the President of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal said, Quote “Tikapur Daily’s office was set on fire and journalists were threatened by a group of people led by a local resident, Arjun Kunwar. The editor of newspaper, Bhubaneswor Adhikari said that there was not any mistake in the news story as they had confirmed the death of one of Kunwar’s relatives; however, the newspaper’s office was unnecessarily attacked. He added that due to arson, the publication of five dailies and three weeklies was halted and printing paper worth Rs 85,000 (approx. US$846) was destroyed”.
PPF condemns arson attack on newspaper office and threats to journalists and demands of the concerned authorities to immediately take action against the perpetrators and ensure press freedom in the days to come.
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