Nepalese radio station manager threatened over story on illegal activities 


July 17, Kathmandu: Om Ghayal, the manager of Radio Shaligram in Parbat, a district in western Nepal, has received a death threat over a news story aired on the station. A local resident Ram Krishna Malla, running a stone crusher industry, issued the threat to Ghayal on 5 July 2015.

Talking to Freedom Forum, Ghayal, who is a senior journalist in the district, said, “I was threatened by Malla, the owner of the crusher, merely because my station aired a story about the illegal operation of the crusher industry. The crusher industry was set up by encroaching upon the roadway and religious site.” Ghayal added that after the threat, he complained to the local authorities and sought protection.

The incident points to the attitude against the media of those who are doing business illegally in Nepal.

Freedom Forum condemns the incident as it is a sheer violation of press freedom. Local authorities are strongly urged to heed the matter and provide security to the Station Manager Ghayal, so as to help protect media freedom.

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