Incident Reports

Mayor of Lumkichuha municipality accused of taking hostage and assaulting a journalist in Kailali


Sushila Shahi Mayor of Lumkichuha municipality in Kailali has been accused of taking hostage and assaulting Khem Dhungana, a journalist working news24 on December 11. According to Federation of Nepalese Journalist Kailali, the Mayor took control of the equipment of the victim and assaulted him deleting the video footage taken as part of his reporting. FNJ further added that Dhungana was developing news of Shahi misusing the government's vehicle for personal use. FNJ demanded the local administration to investigate the incident and punish those responsible for abuse on the journalist.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Assault (small group)
Secondary Form Attack on Journalist
Weapons None
Primary Cause Freedom of Expression
Secondary Cause Freedom of Expression
Actor 1 - Number of people 1
Actor 1 - Affiliations Local authorities (incl VDC, district, gov. line agencies at local level except education and health)
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Journalist/Media
Actor 2 - Youth noyouth
National/Online Media