Editor Khem Bhandari and executive editor Ganesh Bhatt of Manaskhanda daily were arrested on Saturday, June 17 for publication of a news report and charged under the Public Crime and Punishment Act. The news in question is a report about the police arrest of two females whom the newspaper claimed to be innocent. Police released Bhandari and Bhatt after 28 hours of detention on June 18 under pressure from an FNJ-led protest and demonstrations by local journalists. FNJ sent a team to Kanchanpur to discuss the matter with the Chief District Officer and demanded that the Home Minister order immediate release of the journalists.
Students protesting against the election of the Free Students Union at the Ratna Rajya Laxmi College on Exhibition Road in Kathmandu, hurled a petrol-based Improvised Explosive Device targeting photojournalists Shreedhar Paudel of OnlineKhabar.com and Keshav Thapa of The Kathmandu Post daily on March 28. The photojournalists were taking photographs of the protests and documenting scuffle between the police and protesters who were against the holding of the election. The photojournalists were not hurt as they managed to run away to safety.
Officials of the District Forest Office (DFO) at Simara, Bara tried to attack Upendra Yadav, a journalist with Nagarik national daily, when he reached the office seeking information regarding an incident of timber smuggling. Yadav reached the office seeking information regarding wood seized by the police that was being smuggled out of district. The officials at the DFO were angered by the publication of the news in Nagarik daily and tried to attack Yadav at the office premises. Local residents who were on the spot, intervened to save Yadav.