End impunity, FNJ tells govt

Kathmandu, November 29:

The Federation of Nepali Journalists has expressed serious concern about the murder of journalist Jagat Prasad Joshi whose body was found on the Godavari riverbed in Malakheti VDC, Kailali. He had been missing since October 8.

According to the press statement issued here today, FNJ has decided to organise protest programmes throughout the nation on November 30 and December 1 demanding security for journalists. FNJ is scheduled to organise a protest rally on Sunday at 2 pm from New Baneshwor to Babarmahal and has also decided to organise protest rallies by district chapters on Monday.

FNJ has come to a conclusion that the impunity has increased in the country and people

are being murdered because of the government’s failure to book the culprits involved in previous cases.

The FNJ has formed a team under the leadership of FNJ treasurer Ramesh Bista to

carry out an independent investigation of the incident. The five-member team includes FNJ central members Manmohan Swanr and Chhatra Saud, its Kailali president Dirgha Raj Upadhyay and central member of Revolutionary Journalist Association Ramesh Rawal.

FNJ stated that murders and assault are a result of increasing impunity in the society of which the government has become a mute spectator.

FNJ has demanded that the culprits must be booked and be subjected to maximum punishment as per the existing law and compensation should be provided to the family of the deceased journalist.

Joshi was the editor of Dhangadhi edition of Janadisha daily.