Supreme Court orders the release of journalist Bhaikaji Ghimire

first_img to go further Follow the news on Nepal News Organisation News Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill Journalist with commercial Indian-based Nepal One television Matrika Paudyal, was questioned on 19 December in Kathmandu by members of the security forces. The young journalist was allowed to leave after several hours of questioning about her links with people running a pro-Maoist radio.On 13 November, soldiers beat up and then arrested Sharad Adhikari, correspondent for the daily Spacetime and the weekly Jannaastha in Ghorahi (western Nepal). He was released several hours later after the intervention of the president of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) in the Dang district.The same day soldiers questioned Babita Basnet, editor of the weekly Ghatna Ra Bichar for two hours about her sources for an article on the sidelining of a military secretary to the king.Security forces searched the hotel room on 8 November of Shahi Man Rai, correspondent for the daily Kantipur at Khotang (east Bhojpur district). They seized his notebook and also photos of Maoist rebels and destroyed buildings. He was questioned and threatened for four hours in a police station.On 3 November, Madhav Bidrohi, journalist with the daily Spacetime and president of the FNJ branch at Jhapa, south eastern Nepal, was detained and questioned for five hours by the security forces.Security forces seized documents written by journalists in the western Doti district, Chhatra Saud of Spacetime, D.R. Panta of Kantipur, Baburam Shestha of public Radio Nepal and Umesh Bhatta of the daily Farwest Time while they were preparing to send back a report to their editors in Kathmandu. The journalists had just finished reporting on the death of four students and six Moaist rebels in army firing at a Doti school. Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage NepalAsia – Pacific August 29, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Supreme Court orders the release of journalist Bhaikaji Ghimire Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information May 17, 2019 Find out more NepalAsia – Pacific May 29, 2019 Find out more RSF_en Bhaikaji Ghimire, managing editor of the monthly Sama Drishti, was freed on 25 August 2005 after Supreme Court judges ruled that his detention was “illegal” and ordered his immediate release.He had been secretly held for 15 months, being moved from one barracks to another, from Bhairabnath, Shivapuri to Rajdad, all of them in the Kathmandu valley, and then finally to Nakkhu Prison.Ghimire, who was made to sleep on the bare floor, suffered regular death threats and was put through mock executions. He was convicted under the law against terrorist activities._______________________________________________________24.12.2003New wave of arrests of journalistsReporters Without Borders appeals to UN High Commissioner for human rightsReporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) is extremely anxious about a wave of arrests and disappearances of journalists in Nepal, which represent a serious attack on the rule of law.Journalist Ram Krishna Adhikari, of the weekly Sanghu and the radio Times FM, has been missing since 10 December. A wave of arrests and kidnappings of journalists throughout the country followed the announcement of a cease-fire by the Communist Nepalese Party (CNP-Maoist) on 27 August 2003. At least 15 journalists are currently being detained in Nepal. Six of them were arrested after the cease-fire was broken. The government has given no information about them. The international press freedom organisation has called for their immediate release if no evidence can be brought implicating them in the Maoist rebellion.Reporters Without Borders also hopes that the Nepalese government will rapidly allow into the country UN special rapporteurs on freedom of expression and torture, along with members of the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary disappearances. In November 2002, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello, responded positively to a recommendation from Reporters Without Borders to establish a permanent representative of the High Commissioner in Nepal.Adhikari was seen for the last time on 10 December in Kathmandu during a meeting held by the Human Rights Organisation of Nepal (HURON). Editor of the weekly Sanghu Gopal Budhathoki, told Reporters Without Borders that his colleague, known for his articles critical of the authorities, had been arrested by plain-clothes police who accused him of supporting the Maoists. Reporters Without Borders fears for the physical safety of the journalist who may be tortured.Security forces arrested Bhai Kaji Ghimire, publisher of the monthly Samadristi, on 3 December while he was on his way to work in Kathmandu.Former journalist with the pro-Maoist newspaper Janadesh Dhan Bahadur Magar, an employee of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) in Kathmandu, was arrested by security forces on 18 November. He is being held in solitary confinement. He was previously detained for nearly four months in 2002, as a result of articles he wrote that were seen as favourable to the Maoists.Since November 2001, the security forces have been arresting journalists accused of supporting the Maoist rebellion without regard for national and international law. Dozens have been detained, some of them tortured for writing articles in pro-Maoist newspapers or for criticising the authorities.In the countryside, particularly in the conflict zones, journalists who investigate human rights violations find themselves threatened by both security forces and the Maoists. News Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story June 8, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Open letter to the president of the European Commission

first_img May 6, 2020 Find out more to go further 1st February 2005 Dear Mr President,Reporters Without Borders wishes to inform you of its deep disappointment that the EU council of foreign ministers on 31 January 2005 agreed to a six-month suspension of EU sanctions* that were adopted in June 2003 to protest at the March 2003 arrest of 75 dissidents and journalists.In a letter sent to the representatives of the 25 member states on 27 January, our organisation urged that the policy of supporting the dissidents should be “maintained and even strengthened” in view of “the absence of any noticeable progress in respect for freedom of the press in the country.”Even if the 31 January decision envisages developing more intense relations with the peaceful political opposition and broader layers of civil society in Cuba, it constitutes a step backwards by ending invitations to dissidents to member states’ national day celebrations. This aspect in particular allowed dissidents to step out of the Cuba-US standoff in which President Castro’s government attempts to confine them.We urge you to rigorously monitor the situation so that the announced intensification of relations with the opposition and Cuban civil society is not limited simply to meetings. We expect the EU, for example to be represented at the dissidents’ general meeting on 20 May, called by the (unofficial) Assembly for the Promotion of Civil Society headed by economist Marta Beatriz Roque.We also urge you to ensure that European cooperation programmes with Cuba also benefit civil society that is not recognised by the authorities. It seems to us essential that, to work for a peaceful democratic transition, the EU support independent press agencies, trade unions, organisations of librarians, doctors, economists and so on, whose freedom of association, meeting and expression are constantly trampled.Reporters Without Borders considers that the EU must take these steps now, making the Cuban authorities understand that if they oppose them sanctions would have to be re-applied.Failure to take such steps would mean that the EU decision would effectively look like “caving in” to the Cuban government, which is the fear of a section of the Cuban opposition. We remind you that the release of around a dozen dissidents in 2004 was not accompanied by any significant progress towards respect for political freedom and multi-parties. Sixty-one of the 75 dissidents and journalists arrested in March 2003, whose release the EU has demanded, are still in prison.Our organisation hopes that you will make yourself personally responsible for this case. Reporters Without Borders will be particularly vigilant about the results of the EU decision.I trust that you will give this letter your careful consideration.Yours sincerely, New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News One day after the EU agreed to lift sanctions adopted against Cuba, Reporters Without Borders expressed its disappointment at the move and urged José Manuel Barroso, to rigorously monitor the “deepening of relations announced with the opposition and Cuban civil society so it is not limited simply to meetings.” News Follow the news on Cuba Organisation News Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet CubaAmericas center_img February 1, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to the president of the European Commission CubaAmericas Help by sharing this information Robert MénardSecretary General*To press for the release of the 75 journalists and dissidents arrested in March 2003, EU member states decided on 5 June 2003, to cut back cooperation with the Cuban authorities, to limit high level bilateral government visits, to reduce the size of member states participation at cultural events and to invite Cuban dissidents to national day celebrations. The 75 dissidents were sentenced in the days following their arrest to jail terms ranging from six to 28 years in prison. October 15, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago News October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more