AMARC denounces attack on community radio broadcasters in Nepal
September 30, 2009, Kathmandu. The World Association of Community Radio
Broadcasters AMARC denounces the attack on the reporter of community radio
station Radio Kailash in Humla in West Nepal. The attack was carried out
by a group of locals led by member of Constitution Assembly of the United
Nepal Communist Party Maoist.
On 24th of September 2009, Radio Kailash reported that distribution of
food grain in the food starved Humla district was being unfairly
influenced by Maoist assembly members and that party members were being
favored to receive the state food aid. Following the broadcast, a group of
local persons arrived and padlocked the station. It then forcefully tried
to take the reporter of the station Post Bohora to the Maoist party office
and was severely beaten when he resisted. An assembly member of the Maoist
party is believed to have led the aggressors.
AMARC Vice President for South Asia Raghu Mainali has expressed deep
anguish and objection over the incident. "This is a serious breach of
freedom of expression and safety of a broadcaster and is highly
condemnable. No one has the right to lock up a radio station or beat up a
broadcaster. There are civilized and legal ways of making protest if one
does not agree with content of broadcast," he said. Raghu pointed to the
fact that earlier incidents of violence against community radio stations
in Nepal too were mostly perpetrated by members of the Maoists party and
that the party ought to correct its ways should it genuinely care about
the rights of the common people.
AMARC is an international non-governmental organization serving the
community radio movement in over 110 countries, and advocating for the
right to communicate at the international, national, local and
neighbourhood levels. AMARC has an International Secretariat in Montreal.
It has regional sections in Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific and
offices in Johannesburg, Buenos Aires and Kathmandu.For more information,
please visit htttp://www.
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