An Open letter to the Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist

first_img Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage NepalAsia – Pacific News News RSF_en News April 5, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 An Open letter to the Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Nepal May 29, 2019 Find out more to go furthercenter_img Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story Organisation NepalAsia – Pacific News 5 April 2006An Open letter to the Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-MaoistDear Chairman Dahal,We would like to express our grave concern about the continued violations ofhuman rights and undemocratic actions against members of the press. Duringthe Mission’s meeting with senior leaders of the CPN (Maoist) on March 22,the central committee members assured the Mission that the party had utmostrespect for freedom of expression and the right of journalists to movearound without impediment in the pursuit of their professional duties.In the light of these assurances, we are concerned about ongoing incidentsof harassment of media professionals. We refer in particular to theintimidation of Lav Dev Dhungana, president of Federation of NepaleseJournalist (FNJ) Panchthar branch at Ranke, border between Ilam andPanchthar district, on 31st March. The incident reportedly occurred whenDhungana, a freelance reporter, tried to take photographs of Maoistscollecting money from vehicles on Mechi Highway.Maoist area-in-charge, Deep reportedly threatened Dhungana, who was detainedfor one and a half hours on allegations of “spying”. This occurred despiteDhungana proving himself as a journalist and president of FNJ PanchtharBranch. He was intimidated, and his identity card and diary were alsosnatched.Such incidents should be condemned in no uncertain terms. Freedom ofexpression is one of the pillars of democracy, and cannot be compromisedunder any circumstances. Diversity of views must be allowed to flourish andan independent press encouraged, for any vision of democratic pluralism tobe realised. This would also be in keeping with your recent 12-pointagreement, and the resolve to respect human rights principles and freedom ofthe press articulated in Section 8.We welcome your declaration of unilateral ceasefire and halting of “militaryactions” in the Kathmandu Valley with effect from the evening of Monday, 2April and urge you to extend the ceasefire to other parts of the country inorder to facilitate a peaceful and democratic resolution of the ongoingconflict in Nepal.We urge you to clarify your position on the abovementioned incident andensure that the respect for press freedom and journalists’ rights istransmitted down to all party members. Any transgressions of these rightsmust be dealt with in order to send the message that the party is committedto international standards of human rights and freedom of expression.Sincerely,Members of the International Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression Missionto Nepal.The international organisations participating in the mission included:· ARTICLE 19· Free Voice· International Federation of Journalists· International Freedom of Expression Exchange – IFEX· International Media Support· International News Safety Institute· International Press Institute· Press Institute of India· Reporters sans Frontières· South Asia Press Commission· United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation – UNESCO· World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters – AMARC· World Association of Newspaper· World Press Freedom CommitteeThis statement has been drafted by the International Federation ofJournalists, on behalf of the International Mission.For further information, please contact:Thomas Hughes – IMS Deputy DirectorPhone: +45 32 69 89 89E-mail: [email protected](or)Faruq Faisel – IMS Mission CoordinatorPhone: + 977 1 4490063E-mail: [email protected](or)Laxmi Murthy, Program Manager,International Federation of Journalists, New Delhi,Phone: +91-9818383669E.mail: [email protected] Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill June 8, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts May 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img

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