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Authorities urged to react to a series of physical attacks against media and journalists

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first_img News News News Help by sharing this information June 8, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Nepal May 29, 2019 Find out more Reporters Without Borders calls on the Nepalese authorities to carry out thorough and rapid investigations into recent attacks by violent groups on independent media and journalists. One the latest was on 16 November in the capital and targeted the Himal Media group.”All the Nepalese media deserve the same level of safety and freedom, and it is up to the government to guarantee this protection,” Reporters Without Borders said. “There is an urgent need for the police to conduct proper investigations, identify those responsible and bring them to justice. The Maoist-led government must ensure that all voices can be heard in Nepal, even those that criticise the new authorities.”Around 10 masked men on motorcycles attacked the Himal Media press group’s distribution depots in the capital on 16 November, vandalising equipment and torching more than 1,000 copies of the group’s Nepali-language fortnightly Himal Khabarpatrika.The magazine’s editor, Kanak Mani Dixit, told Reporters Without Borders he regarded the incident as an “organised attempt to restrict free expression and increase fear among journalists.”It came two weeks after an attack targeted against the group’s CEO, Ashutosh Tiwari, on 24 October, when stones were thrown at his car in the capital. Himal Media has filed a complaint about the 16 November violence but the police have not yet identified any of the participants.Acts of violence and intimidation against journalists are still very frequent in the provinces. Journalists are particularly threatened in the southern Terai region, where armed groups hold sway and there are hardly any police.Shiva Devkota, the editor of the local weekly Nuwakot Jagaran, was attacked and roughed up after speaking on behalf of the Nepal Press Union at a Congress Party meeting on 17 November in the central district of Nuwakot.The front window of the National News Agency (RSS) bureau in the southeastern city of Biratnagar was smashed on 13 November.Siddharaj Upadhyay, the newspaper Gorkhapatra’s correspondent in the western district of Doti, was threatened by a businessman on 28 October after writing an article about illegal gambling. Policemen present during the incident failed to intervene.Journalist Rammani Upadhyay, the editor of the local newspaper Basudha, was seriously injured by unidentified assailants on 24 October in the central city of Janakpur and was hospitalised in Kathmandu. The motive for the attack is not known.The offices of the Tarai Times daily newspaper in the central district of Dhanusha were vandalised on 20 October by unidentified intruders, who manhandled two employees.A leader of the JTMM-J armed group threatened to kill Krishna Prasad Dhakal, The Himalayan Times correspondent in the western district of Kapilvastu, on the night of 11 October.Jagat Prasad Joshi alias JP Joshi Pandit, a Maoist activist and president of the Kailali chapter of the Revolutionary journalists association (RJA), has been missing since 8 October, when he left his home in Malakheti to go to Kathmandu. His family has not received any news of him since then.Reporters Without Borders meanwhile voices its support for the Federation of Nepali Journalists’ recent request to the prime minister for light to be shed on the July 2007 disappearance of journalist Prakash Thakuri. Maoists were suspected of participating in his abduction. RSF_en Organisation Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill NepalAsia – Pacific NepalAsia – Pacific Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage Receive email alerts Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story News to go further Reporters Without Borders calls on the Nepalese authorities to carry out thorough and rapid investigations into recent attacks by violent groups on independent media and journalists. One the latest was on 16 November in the capital and targeted the Himal Media group. November 19, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities urged to react to a series of physical attacks against media and journalists May 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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Ringing in the New Year

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first_imgAnne on course during a 2010 24-hour run.This year, I chose an unusual way to spend New Year’s Eve. While my friends were at parties or celebrating at home cozied up next to the fire with a DVD, I was running laps around the almost one-mile loop at Morganton’s Freedom Park. One hundred and forty-two of them, to be exact. Why, in heaven’s name, you might ask, would I partake in something so mind-numbing, so exhausting, so absurd? I asked myself that same question many times that night, and I guess the best answer was “because it was there.”Believe it or not, this activity that I participated in was an organized event, The Freedom Park New Year’s Ultra Run. I chose the 24 hour option and thirty-five other brave souls made the same brave — or foolish?– decision.Many people, runners and non-runners alike, have asked me why I compete in 24-hour races. Yes, races plural. Last week’s event was the third of this type for me. Each time I’ve sworn to myself “never again”, because it is a pretty miserable experience in a lot of ways. I guess the best answer is that I have a deep inner need to challenge myself, and at this point in my running career and my life, this feels like a good way to do that. In the weeks after finishing an event, I find myself thinking about ways I could improve upon that performance, things I could do differently next time, and before I know it, I’ve taken the plunge and sent in an entry form.I decided to run this race back in September, and in the months leading up to the event, my training was going well and I was super motivated. Then the holidays hit, and with them, the dreaded taper. I found myself completely out of my training routine and shoulder-deep in holiday treats – sugar cookies, fudge, cheesecake. By the time the 31st rolled around, I felt like a giant walking ball of sugar. Running for 24 hours straight was the last thing I wanted to do, but since I had already paid my entry fee, I figured I might as well go ahead with it.For those of you who haven’t run or watched this type of race, let me be the first to tell you that it’s not an exciting event. It’s all about patience. For the first twelve hours, not a lot happens. For the runners, however, it’s a pretty important portion of the race. Races aren’t won in the first twelve hours, but they can sure be lost. I had my game plan, which was to run three laps, followed by a four-minute walk break. It was a challenge to walk that early in the race, especially as my competition was not. It can be demoralizing to be lapped, over and over again, yet I knew that if I was going to stick it out for the long haul, this is how I had to do it. One fellow competitor even remarked that he had confused me for someone fast until he saw me walking and realized that he must have been mistaken.So that’s how it went – run for twenty-five minutes or so, walk for four. Over and over and over. The race began at eight a.m. and by mid afternoon, I was feeling tired and bored. Ready for the finish and knowing that a long cold night was between me and that finish line. The whining commenced. Each time I circled the track and returned to my husband, who, by the way, had to stay up all night enduring the cold and fatigue without any endorphins to lighten his mood, I would whisper in a baby voice, I’m not sure I can do this. Being the compassionate soul that he is, he would refuse to allow me to indulge in self-pity, instead giving me a little shove indicating that it was time to begin another lap.By the time darkness fell, I knew that he wasn’t going to allow me to quit. And I knew in my heart that I would continue, no matter how much it sucked. I promised myself that this would be my last 24-hour race – actually, my last race ever – and if I could only finish, I would live out my remaining years as a couch potato. I grabbed my iPod and powered it up to the page-turning audiobook that I had downloaded the week before. And a miraculous thing happened – I began to feel good. Okay, not good, but at least not like I was at death’s door. I churned out the laps, one by one, cheering on my fellow crazies – err, competitors. Before I knew it, the faint glow of the sunrise emerged from the east and a new day – and year – was dawning.I finished the race with a good attitude, helped in part by a shiny new PR. What a way to welcome in the new year! I have thanked my husband multiple times for forcing me to forge on when I felt I could not. As is always the case, I’m glad that I persevered, even though it was quite a challenge at times. As for my promise to never do this again? The competitor within me is already contemplating ways I could go just a little further next time…Editor’s Note: Though she is too humble to mention it, Anne Lundblad won overall at the Freedom Park Ultra, set the course record, and turned in the fourth best performance ever by a North American woman. Lundblad covered 140 miles in 24 hours.last_img read more

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