Nepal: media worker assaulted while covering protestEvent
- Initial Date
- Oct 10, 2021
- Event Description
Reporter to Lumbini Television and Butwal FM Dinesh Gyawali was attacked while reporting in Butwal on October 10. Butwal lies in Lumbini Province of Nepal.
Reporter Gyawali was attacked while reporting on conflict among local protestors and policepersons in the industrial area of Motipur, Butwal.
The raged public attacked Gyawali even after he showed his press identity card and said that he was journalist.
"I tried to escape the attack but fell down and other two of the protestors rescued me. I also lost my mobile in the incident", he shared with Freedom Forum.
"Other reporters however, escaped the attack. Neither Police persons nor the protesting locals cooperated with us while reporting", said Gyawali.
Reporter Gyawali has sustained injury on his head and hands. He is undergoing treatment at a local hospital.
Freedom Forum condemns the attack upon journalist while reporting. In most of the cases recorded at FF, journalists have been victim of attack while covering the protest even in presence of the police persons.
Suresh Pariyar, a member of the Federation of Nepali Journalists, Rupendehi, and Krishna Pandey, a journalist working for Khasyauli FM, were also attacked in the clash, but no injuries were reported as they managed to flee from the site. They have accused that the police and protesters stopped them from gathering the news.
The General Secretary of Lumbini Television Dinesh Pandey told INSEC that Gyawali bore serious head and hand injury in the attack. He had to get five stitches on his head and had bruises all over his body informed Dinesh Pandey, general secretary of Lumbini Television.
According to the victim, he was harassed for recording the video of the clash and was beaten as well.
Dinesh said, ‘I was attacked even after showing my press card. I fell off. The mob confiscated my cell phone. I have no idea what they would have done to me but two people rescued me and took me to the hospital for treatment.
According to Pandey, Gyawali was discharged from the hospital on October 10.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Violence (physical)
- Rights Concerned
- Right to healthy and safe environment
- Media Worker
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 10 October 2021, Dinesh Gyawali,Suresh Pariyar, and Krishna Pandey, media workers, were physically assaulted by demonstrators while covering an ongoing protest with police personnel in Butwal, Nepal.