Incident Reports

Journalist physically assaulted while covering the news of police and local's clash in Rupandehi


Dinesh Gyawali, a 25-year-old, resident of Tilottma municipality-4, and journalist Lumbini Television, was physically assaulted by the demonstrators in Motipur Industrial area. According to Dinesh Pandey, general secretary of  Lumbini television, due to the assault of the demonstrators, Gyawali sustained serious injuries in his head and hands. 

According to the victim, the demonstrators physically assaulted him because he was taking their video, even though he stated that he was journalist. Suresh Pariyar, a member of the Federation of Nepali Journalists, Rupendehi, and Krishna Pandey, a journalist working for Khasyauli FM, were also attacked, but no injuries were reported as they fled, Pandey said. Journalists have accused police and protesters of not letting them collect the news. 

The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Rupendehi, has drawn serious attention to the attack and mistreatment of journalists and media persons during the clash. In a statement signed by FNCCI Secretary Binod Pariyar, the FNJ strongly condemned the police and the public for terrorizing, attacking and abusing journalists who went to the field to report to the public.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Assault (small group)
Weapons None
Primary Cause Other non-economic personal issues (revenge, passion etc.)
Actor 1 - Number of people n/a
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth unknown
Actor 2 - Number of people 3
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Journalist/Media
Actor 2 - Youth youth
Total Injured 1
Youth Injured 1