Incident Reports

Journalist threatened for writing news of illegal sand mining


Bagmati, Dolakha, Bhimeshwor, Ward 5

A businessman involved in sand mining threatened the reporter of Sagarmath Television and the editor of, (an online news portal) Kailash Lama through social media posts over his reporting on August 29 in Dolakha. Dolakha lies in Bagmati Province of Nepal.

According to FF's representative Ashok Dahal, journalist Lama has been continuously exposing illegal sand and pebble mining at Tamakoshi river in his reporting at Sagarmatha Television and online.

"On Friday (August 28) night too, following his reporting, the police arrested some individuals involved in the illegal mining. Then, the irked racketer Rajib Shrestha resorted to defamation, threat, and hate speech against Lama on his social media post," added Lama.

Talking to Dahal, Lama said that he had been facing threat from the racketeers for long after his reporting drew attention of the authorities about illegal sand mining.  

"He didn't take it seriously before. But crushing industry operator Shrestha posted several posts against Lama on his Facebook spreading rumors about his professional integrity and hatred", said Dahal quoting Lama.

Also, editor Lama has filed a complaint at District Administration Office (DAO) on Sunday seeking justice and punishment against Shrestha at the earliest

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Primary Form Threat/intimidation
Secondary Form Threat/intimidation
Primary Cause Issues related to freedom of expression and civil rights
Secondary Cause Freedom of Expression
Actor 1 - Number of people 1
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Journalist/Media
Actor 2 - Youth na
National/Online Media