On December 16 the ground station of Nepal’s only Direct-to-Home (DTH) television service provider, Dish Home Media Network Private Limited, was damaged by a improvised explosive device. The damage halted DTH service in Nepal. The Communist Party of Nepal, a Maoist group led by Netra Bikram Chand, aka Biplab, claimed the responsibility adding that the DTH service provider was targeted for broadcasting Indian channels. The attack completely blacked out TV service to half-a-million households in Nepal for two hours before the service providers resumed partial operation with less than one-third of normal channels.
An arson attack at Fulbari FM on August 25 that resulted in the radio station having to close for indefinitely. Station managers of Ghodaghodi FM, Dhangadi FM, Paschim Today FM and Kailali FM have also been attacked over last two weeks. The FNJ also stated that the local dailies Mission Today, Pipalbot, Margarekha, Kohalpur Times and News Namaste; and two radio stations Radio Pratirodh and Kohalpur FM in Tikapur remain closed due to round-the-clock curfew and widespread threats to media workers and journalists. The FNJ said that the threats have also forced journalists to exercise high level of self-censorship.
On Monday, September 14, ex-Parliamentarian and political leader Baban Singh, while being interviewed live on Kohinoor FM, threatened to burn journalists, Shiva Puri of the Kantipur daily, Madan Thakur of the Nagarik daily and Gautam Shrestha of Avenues Television for their news reports on his party’s demonstrations in Rautahat district, in central Nepal.