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 the local chapter of the Federation of Nepali Journalists, a press freedom watchdog.
A journalist and councillor for the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Tika Bista, was yesterday found in an unconscious state near her home. According to Bista’s colleague Dhanbir Dahal, she had called him saying three men were following her before the incident. A laptop and two mobile phones belonging to Bista were found damaged nearby and documents written by the journalist were scattered at the scene. Bista had received a threatening phone call on 29 November about an article she had written criticizing the UCPN Maoist Party. Read more here