Incident Reports

Threat issued to journalist Shiwakoti for exposing the rape allegation


Bagmati, Kathmandu, Kathmandu

Freedom Forum condemns the act of online threat against journalist Ajaya Babu Shiwakoti who recently exposed high profile rape allegation against Parliamentarian Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara. The relatives of Mahara and the activists of former Maoist Party have threatened Shiwakoti after he had published the news about the rape accusation against Parliamentarian Mahara in the online newspaper called

Journalist Shiwakoti is the editor of

As per the information shared by Shiwakoti to FF, the threat has made him feel extremely unsafe. He added, “Despite this, I have been continuously following up to collect the relevant evidences regarding the case”. He said a secure environment is an urgent necessity for journalists to be able to report correct information in line with the case of rape accusation.

FF strongly believes that journalist issued threat for writing news is against the notion of the free press. It is the sheer violation of press freedom. Hence, FF urges the concerned authorities to take the appropriate security actions to ensure a safe environment for journalists.

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 N
Actor 1 - Affiliations CPN (Maoist Center) and affiliated org
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people N
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Journalist/Media
Actor 2 - Youth na
National/Online Media