Incident Reports

Journalist mistreated over his published article in Banke


Lumbini, Banke, Rapti Sonari

Chetkanth Bhattarai, Publisher of Pipalbot National Daily and Station Manager of Kohalpur FM Radio filed a complaint against some individuals including the operator of Kanaudiya Oil Store Sanjaya Kanaudiya on October 31 on the charges of manhandling him regarding a news story. Bhattarai, 30, of Kohalpur Municipality-19 filed the complaint at the Area Police Office Kohalpur on October 31. According to Bhattarai, Kanaudiya hired some men to attack him for publishing a news story in the October 14 edition of Pipalbot daily regarding the distribution of petrol. DSP Rajib Basnet of APO Kohalpur said that a case of the public offense was filed against Kanaudiya. Bhattarai filed a complaint at APO on November 1 accusing Chetnath of trying to assault him. FNJ and Press Union Banke issued separate press statements condemning the incident and demanding action against the culprits.
Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Assault (small group)
Weapons None
Primary Cause Issues related to freedom of expression and civil rights
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 noyouth