The Federation of Nepali Journalists has demanded immediate release of journalists Anish Tamang and Durga Lal Tamang.

Earlier today, police had arrested editor of Ujjyalo Network Online, Anish, from office and General Manager of Ujjyalo Network, Durga Lal, from Basundhara.

Condemning the arrest of both journalists, the FNJ has asked the administration to immediately stop such acts.

Likewise, Patan High Court today ordered the police not to arrest them until the issue related to the news in question was settled after hearing the case filed by editor Tamang.

Similarly, Press Council Nepal has already settled the news published by the online news portal under its jurisdiction.

A press release issued by FNJ reads, "Arresting journalists from their office is direct interference not only on the democratic rule and system, but also on the constitution. This act has also made it clear that the government disobeyed the court's order."

The FNJ added that it would be compelled to launch agitation if the journalists were not released immediately.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 26, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.