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    Posted December 10, 2010 by
    Kathmandu, Nepal

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    CNN iReporter attacked in Nepal for publishing reports


    My name is Shreedeep Rayamajhi and from the past 8 years I've been working  in the field of journalism in Nepal and have also been doing freelance news corresponding to international news websites. As from few months I started receiving email threatening emails to stop my news corresponding and deactivate all my writing profiles. The emails specifically highlighted my news profiles on  CNN iReport, GroundReport, and Nowpublic and threatened me of irreversible consequences. I reported that to the Nepal police and filed a complaint on 14 November 2010 but nothing happened.

    Later on November 16, 2010, at 7:45 PM I was attacked near the bishnumati River bed where I suffered a Clavicle fracture on my right shoulder and sprained my right ankle. After the attack I went to the police but since I’m an ex-journalist with no media backing, nobody cared. I have filed reports at the foremost police stations but nothing seems to be happening and they have made it clear that they can't do anything as they can't trace the emails. Till now the email senders are unknown hidden with the liberty and freedom of terrorizing my mobility and safety.

    Since then, I have received further threats where my life has been terrible within the confinement and restriction of terror.I did the news corresponding as part of my social responsibility and now I'm suffering the consequences. I'm not blaming it to anyone but I feel restrained and frustrated for my safety expectation.  I went to the politicians, human rights, media, related associations and everywhere, nobody came up-front. Likewise on November 27 , 2010 I received another email saying “You are still in our hit list”. I went to the police, and Federation of Nepalese Journalist (FNJ) but nobody is taking any initiative. Few organization have issued press release but it does not satisfies my need of security.

    I believe the media of 21 century is very dynamic and the impacts are also wide verse. My articles and ideology certainly created an impact but the cost of change is very high for me. Can anyone imagine the cost of one’s life in jeopardy? Perhaps my legitimacy of being a freelance is a question that persist the situation and my condition. No-matter-what I’m proud to be part of the CNN iReport  which gave me an edge to put my voice and thoughts in a proper way. I’m not doing this report to seek help or search for an option and I know things will be worst after it gets out. I’m doing it because I want my story to be heard and I want it to ignite the fire that will light the discrimination among nationals and journalist to voice out the injustice that has been served to me for being a freelance.

    News References:

    CPJ Press Release

    IFEX coverage

    Nepal news .com

    News posted in The Kathmandu Post

    (Gang attacks journalist )

    News watch

    Nepal Press Freedom

    Mikel Dunham Blog

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