Journalists Stopped from Covering News in a Clash, Injured after the attack of the Protestors

  October 11, 2021 By: INSEC

Three journalists were stopped and attacked on October 10, when they had gone to cover the incident of Motipur Industrial Area.

During the incident, protesters ‘occupying’ the land in the industrial area in the name of squatters have attacked reporter Dinesh Gyawali (Bishwa), 25, working at Lumbini Television Butwal. Gyawali is originally from Tilottama Municipality-4, Bishnupur.

Suresh Pariyar, a member of the Federation of Nepali Journalists, Rupendehi, and Krishna Pandey, a journalist working for Khasyauli FM, were also attacked in the clash, but no injuries were reported as they managed to flee from the site. They have accused that the police and protesters stopped them from gathering the news.

The General Secretary of Lumbini Television Dinesh Pandey told INSEC that Gyawali bore serious head and hand injury in the attack. He had to get five stitches on his head and had bruises all over his body informed Dinesh Pandey, general secretary of Lumbini Television.

According to the victim, he was harassed for recording the video of the clash and was beaten as well.

Dinesh said, ‘I was attacked even after showing my press card. I fell off. The mob confiscated my cell phone. I have no idea what they would have done to me but two people rescued me and took me to the hospital for treatment.

According to Pandey, Gyawali was discharged from the hospital on October 10.

Suresh Pariyar, a member of the Federation of Nepali Journalists, Rupendehi, and Krishna Pandey, a journalist working for Khasyauli FM, were also attacked in the clash, but no injuries were reported as they managed to flee from the site. They have accused that the police and protesters stopped them from gathering the news.

The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has stated that it has paid serious attention to the attack and mistreatment of journalists and media persons during the clash.

In a statement signed by Secretary of FNJ, Binod Pariyar, it has been mentioned that journalists and media persons who are in the field to report independently to inform the public are being prohibited from reporting by the police and the public. FNJ has strongly demanded the police and the general public not to terrorize and attack them. They have also asked for the security assurance of the journalists.

Regarding the incident, Press Chautari Nepal, Nepal Press Union, Progressive Journalists Association and other organizations have issued a statement strongly condemning the repression of journalists in the incident.


Reema BC