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Leading Nepal editor speaks out about independent media facing censorship in South Asia

alt informationAfter 29 years of circulation, Himal Southasian, which claims to be the only analytical and regional news magazine for South Asia, will cease to publish as of November 2016.

Index Index – International free speech round up 28/01/13

Index Index - International free speech roundup 28/01/13

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 stabbed to death at around […]

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 the Gaijatre festival, also known […]

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 the local chapter of the […]

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 assert that the arrests were […]

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 establishment. The director of the […]

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 has caused the banning of […]

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 relevant issues pertaining to the […]

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 in anticipation for potential violence […]

Nepal: female journalist assaulted

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 […]

South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN)

The South Asia Media Solidarity Network is an alliance of journalists’ trade unions, press freedom organisations and journalists in South Asia committed to working together to promote freedom of expression, freedom of association and journalists’ rights in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.