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Bring killers of journalist to book: UNOHCHR asks Nepal

The United Nations human rights wing has asked the Nepal government to take concrete action to nab the killers of journalist Birendra Shah, who was abducted and killed allegedly by the Maoists in November 2007.



Kathmandu: The United Nations human rights wing has asked the Nepal government to take concrete action to nab the killers of journalist Birendra Shah, who was abducted and killed allegedly by the Maoists in November 2007.

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) Nepal has also appealed to the Prachanda-led United CPN-Maoist party to assist authorities in probing the killing of Shah, who worked with Nepal FM.

"I suggest as a first concrete action against those accused of murdering journalist Shah be enforced with the full cooperation of the United CPN-Maoist," said OHCHR Nepal Representative Richard Bennett in a statement on World Press Freedom Day.

The statement said that journalists in Nepal have been working in an environment of threat and insecurity which promotes self-censorship.

The OHCHR has received reports of 28 cases ranging from threats to murder of journalists in Nepal over the past six months, Bennett said.

At least six media persons have been killed since 2007, according to the UN human rights watchdog.

Despite calls by journalists, human rights organisations, and the international community, the government, although vowing to identify and punish the perpetrators, has yet to make a single arrest in relation to any of the incidents, points out the OHCHR.

Shah, a correspondent of Nepal`s private radio channel Nepal FM, was kidnapped and killed in late 2007 allegedly by cadres of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). The killing drew criticism from all quarters.

The Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) today organised a journalists` march, starting from Sanchargram in Kathmandu to mark the World Press Freedom Day.

PTI

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