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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 114

Maoist threat to another Nepal journo, court releases.......

[b]Maoist threat to another Nepal journo, court releases firebrand student [/b]
From M. Rama Rao in New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 16 August ([/b] All Nepal National Independent Students Union-Revolutionary (ANNISU-R), students' wing of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), has threatened to physically harm journalist Tekendra Dhakal, according to a mailer from the Nepalese Journalists.

Notices of the Maoist rebel activists posted at public places on August 12 have put the life of the editor of Jhapa-based Jhulkemaan Weekly under threat, the mailer says adding that the rebels label the scribe as a government informant and have apparently threatened to take his life.

Civil Society (Jhapa district chapter) has issued a press statement urging the Maoists to respect the media person’s human rights and let him exercise his media freedom in a free and fair environment. The statement noted that Dhakal, in his appeal letter to the Civil Society, had refuted the accusation that he had been an informer to the government.

Court orders Thapa’s release

The Special Court of Kathmandu has ordered release of firebrand student leader, Gagan Thapa, on ordinary bail. Police had arrested Thapa—a former general secretary of opposition Nepali Congress-affiliated Nepal Students Union—two weeks back. The government slapped sedition charges against Thapa alleging him of chanting anti-monarchy slogans, among others.

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