Incident Reports

FNJ demands action against Coca-Cola plant for threatening journalist Budhathoki


Bagmati, Kathmandu, Kathmandu

The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has drawn serious attention to the incident against Gajendra Budhathoki, a member of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) and editor-in-chief of Lumbini, instructing to investigate and level the names of the management of Coca-Cola's Nepal-based bottling plant, Bottlers Nepal. 

The management of Bottlers Nepal had threatened the trade union representative and instructed some trade union officials to hold a meeting in the name of journalist Badhathoki after journalist Budathoki wrote a news story with a follow-up on the issue of 73 per cent shares of Bottlers Nepal being bought and sold outside Nepal without the knowledge of Nepal. Also, journalist Budathoki informed the federation that his life is insecure as he received threats of being insecure by calling from an unknown number.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Primary 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/a
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