Protests held nationwide

Pokhara, January 13:

Protest rallies were held across the nation today against the murder of journalist Uma Singh.

Journalists in Pokhara organised a rally that began from FNJ Kaski’s office in Darbarthock and marched to Chipledhunga to converge into a mourning assembly. Speaking at the gathering, journalists demanded resignation of Information Minister.

In Taplejung, journalists carrying placards shouted slogans demanding security for journalists, punishment for the murderers and resignation of the home minister. Issuing a release, Bhojpur chapter of FNJ accused the government of failing to maintain security and rule of law.

Likewise, journalists of Jhapa organised a protest rally in Damak. FNJ chapters of Dolakha and Rautahat districts also organised rallies to protest the killing.

At a programme organised by the Reporters Club Parsa, local women journalists demanded security for them. Women journalists said they were discouraged by Singh’s killing.

In Nuwakot, journalists sent 28 pens to the government, saying that 28 journalists have been murdered ever since the armed struggle began in Nepal.

A joint team of FNJ Nuwakot-Rasuwa branch, Press Union Nuwakot and Press Chautari Nuwakot reached the district administration office and handed over the pens to CDO to forward them for the Prime Minister. Likewise, different media organisations in Bara condemned Singh’s killing. In Banke, CDO Ganesh Bahadur Khatri also attended a mourning assembly.