Pakistan Press Foundation welcomes the arrest of attacker of a reporter in Nepal

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Prime Minister of Nepal welcomed the swift action of district police of Nepal to arrest the attackers of a reporter.

PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter urged the government of Nepal to prosecute the attackers for their violent act.

According to Freedom Forum, Raj Kamal Singh reporter with News 24 TV, online Khabar news portal and Arthik Abhiyan daily from Dhanusha district was attacked for publishing news story in the Arthik Abhiyan daily on 14 September 2016. The story was about misuse of the budget in the District Development Committee (DDC) and Constituency Development Fund.

According to Singh he was in a teashop at local Bhanuchowk of Janakpurdham when a group of seven people from DDC attacked him and attempted to abduct him. He received a serious injury to the back of my head.

After few hours of the incident the district police arrested five of the attackers, Nawin Gohiwar, Rajdevi Gohiwar, Pushpendra Goit, Sanjiv Kumar Mandal and Santosh Yadav.

Attack on Singh has violated press freedom and the rights of journalists to make public administrative and financial irregularities.