Newspaper editor arrested in mass crackdown before opposition rallies; over 100 jailed in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur

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Parliamentarians arrive at the Supreme Court to file a writ petition against the president's decision to dissolve the parliament for the second time, Kathmandu, Nepal, 24 May 2021, PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP via Getty Images

Freedom Forum expresses concern over the grilling of journalists by the Supreme Court over a news report

Two editors were summoned and questioned by the Supreme Court over a ‘baseless’ news report. Freedom Forum said this is a form of harassment that undermines the work of independent media.

Journalists report on the scene as Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli (C) arrives to attend the first meeting of the House of Representatives, in Kathmandu, Nepal, 7 March 2021, PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP via Getty Images

Nepal: Freedom Forum condemns harassment of journalists over critical reports about the prime minister

The home and office of journalist Babin Sharma were raided by security forces over a news report alleging a secret agreement involving Nepal’s prime minister and a foreign official. Several journalists were also harassed.

NCP youth leader Ram Kumari Jhakri, at an event in Kathmandu, Nepal, 13 December 2013, Photo: Ganesh Paudel - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Freedom Forum says Jhankri’s arrest signals escalating restrictions in Nepal

Ram Kumari Jhankri, a leader of the Nepal Communist Party, was detained for several hours on charges of committing a ‘crime against [the] state.’ The prominent leader has been a vocal critic of the decision to dissolve the House of Representatives in December.