Incident Reports

Press Chautari Nepal padlocked Federation of Nepali Journalists in Banke


Lumbini, Banke, Nepalgunj

Press Chautari Nepal, padlocked the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) of Banke Branch, on March 28, alleging that the central office of the FNJ of distributing membership in an illegal and politically biased manner. FNJ was padlocked after the names of non-journalists in the Banke district were included in the voter list issued for the election on April 7.

Chautari clarified that they will not allow the election of this branch unless there is a hearing on the issue of adding new members, implementation of the branch's recommendation, immediate correction of the misconduct and mandatory approval of the branch in case of transfer of membership.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Primary Form Gherau/Dharna (sit-in)/padlocking
Primary Cause Contestation over non-elective positions and influence
Actor 1 - Number of people n/a
Actor 1 - Affiliations Journalist/Media
Actor 1 - Youth unknown
Actor 2 - Number of people n/a
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Journalist/Media
Actor 2 - Youth na
National/Online Media