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Nepal: journalist murdered

The executive editor of a regional daily newspaper in Nepal has been brutally murdered. Yadav Poudel, from Mechi Times, and who has also worked for Kathmandu-based Avenues Television station and the “Rajdhani” national daily newspaer was found murdered in the early hours of Wednesday morning (4 April). Preliminary investigations suggest the journalist was

Nepal: Newspaper distributor attacked for cartoon

Khagendra Basnet, distributor of a local daily called Nigarani, was threatened on 22 August in eastern Nepal. According to reports, the individual harassed Basnet and threatened to burn down the daily’s facilities on the account of a cartoon published in the newspaper’s satirical section, Gaijatre. The section is named after

Nepal: Journalist brutally attacked

Nepali journalist Kishor Budhathoki was brutally assaulted in eastern Nepal on 11 August. According to Republica, Budhathoki was attacked for a piece he wrote about domestic violence. He is currently in a critical condition. Budhatoki writes for The Himalayan Times and Annapurna Post, and also serves as vice president of

Journalists arrested in Nepal

Chief editor Ram Pukar Raut, and editor Pravin Sharma Jha, of the New Times Today have been arrested by police in the Southern Nepalese district of Rautahat. They were charged with having links with a militant underground group, and printing a press release from the group. Sources from the newspaper

India: Documentary banned for depicting insurgency

New Delhi’s Central Board of Film Classification has refused to certify the documentary Flames of the Snow. The body stated that any film which romanticises and promotes the violence of the Maoist groups in Nepal is inappropriate viewing for the general public. The feature documents over 200 years of relations between Nepalese  rebels and the Indian

Nepal: Mohammed textbook banned

The Nepalese government has banned a social studies textbook after complaints from Muslim groups.  The book has been criticised for including factual inaccuracies and an “erroneous interpretation” of Islam:  one particular illustration is alleged to portray a feminised image of the prophet Mohammed. This marks the first time religious outcry

Nepal: Hindu restoration group burns newspapers

Hindu Yuva Sangh burnt copies of the leading Nepali newspapers, Kantipur and Annapurna Post on 18 April in the southern city of Birgunj. The newly formed group —- which advocates the restoration of Nepal’s Hindu nation status — torched hundreds of copies of the dailies, claiming they did not cover

Pro-Tibet protesters arrested in Nepal

Thirty-four Tibetans were arrested in Kathmandu last Wednesday, for staging demonstrations. The protests, outside a Buddhist monastery and the Chinese Embassy, were commemorating the 1959 Tibetan uprising.  This crackdown on pro-Tibet actions coincides with an increase in security measures in Lhasa. 2,800 police officers have been deployed in the city

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