Displaced Journos of Dailekh demonstrate in Surkhet
Journalists of Dailekh, who have arrived Surkhet after being displaced from the district, staged a sit-in protest before the Regional Administration Office Surkhet today. 22 journalists had fled to Surkhet from Dailekh yesterday following the security threats from the cadres of main ruling party Maoist. Two FM radio stations, 2 newspapers and 1 weekly paper have been shut down after the journalists left the district fearing the Maoist cadres’ attack.
Other journalists from Surkhet districts have also participated in the sit-in protest for the solidarity with their fellows’ demand of security. The journalists have said that they wouldn’t return Dailekh until they are assured of security back in their district.
Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) Dailekh has said that the transfer of security officers and Chief District Officer in the district has fuelled the fear among the journalists in Dailekh. CDO and three police officers including a DSP were transferred by the government yesterday accusing them for failing to arrange the security of the Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai on Wednesday in Dailekh.
Meanwhile, the Nepal Press Union (NPU) has also demonstrated in front of the Singha Durbar today demanding action against the murderers of Journalist Dekendra Raj Thapa of Dailekh.
Expressing solidarity to the sit-in, President of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Shiva Gaunle, argued that displacement of Dailekh-based 22 journalists is like displacement of democracy from the country and warned of launching protests by closing down works by all media houses across the nation if an environment for work for the 22 was not made by returning them to the district.