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Remarks by Richard Bennett Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal Delivered at a Programme to Mark World Press Freedom Day Organised by the Federation of Nepali Journalists and UNESCO With Support From OHCHR-Nepal
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OHCHR remains concerned about the state of media freedom in Nepal. In January, Uma
Singh became the latest journalist to be killed in the post-conflict era. Although the Nepal Police appears to have duly carried out its investigation in this case, my Office calls on the NP to expand its investigation beyond those immediately responsible for the killing in order to delve more deeply into the suggested possible motives for this murder.
Two weeks ago I attended the opening of a workshop organised by OHCHR-Nepal for
journalists in four Terai districts of the Western Region. This was the third such workshop by my Office in the past two years, but the first time that we devoted a full day to raising journalists’ awareness about their own security, after receiving feedback from them about their most pressing needs. That request is a telling indication of the lack of freedom for many of those working in the media in this country today. Also notable is that the expert delivering the security module at the workshop was a Sri Lankan journalist who now spends much of his time in India because he fears for the safety of himself and his family. Obviously, media freedom is threatened in other parts of the region also.

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HUMAN RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS, REEDOM OF THE PRESS, JOURNALISTS, MASS MEDIA, ENVIRONMENT, CONFLICT, INTERROGATION, MURDER, FAMILY, DEMOCRACY, THREATS
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 UNOHCHR : UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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14.02.02  -  Human Rights
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