Journalist Accused Public Representative of Abuse

  October 14, 2023 By: INSEC

Bhim Baskota, a 33-year-old journalist from Phalelung Rural Municipality-7 accused Bhim Bahadur Yongya (Subash) Chairperson, Rural Municipality of misbehaving in the work space.

Journalist Baskota, District Correspondent of Annapurna Post daily and Central Council Member of Nepal Journalist Association Panchthar, alleged that the Ward Chairperson Yongya misbehaved with him  on October 10.

40-year-old Suman Lingden, Sidingwa Rural Municipality-4 ,Taplejung,currently working as the Chief Administrative Officer in Yangwarak Rural Municipality, beated 35-year-old Chhatra Prasad Subedi of Office Assistant, Phidim Municipality-1 on October 8.

The victim journalist alleged that Bhim Bahadur Yongya misbehaved on October 10 while getting information about the incident of assault on the Office Assistant regarding the relationship between the female employee and the Chief Administrative Officer.

The victim alleged that Chairperson Yongya obstructed the recording of the scene from the camera, insisting, “Lower the camera, sit down; I won’t respond to your questions. I’m well aware of how journalists operate.”

Giriraj Baskota, Chairperson said that the journalist submitted a complaint to the Journalists’ Association  Panchthar on October 12. The Association issued a press and protested against the incident.

The press release by Chairperson Giriraj Baskota states that, ‘The pillars of democracy can be strengthened only if the People’s Representatives at local level who are closer to the citizens can guarantee the right to information and accept critical comments.’

The Declaration on Human Rights Defenders 1998 defines journalists as human rights defenders.

Iwara Jawegu Limbu