has criticised the arrests and demanded that the matter be referred to the Nepal Press Council, a body created by law to deal in the first instance with grievances arising from published media content.
Shah, an FNJ
member affiliated to Nepal FM, Dristi weekly and Avenues Television, was abducted on Oct.
Various rights groups as well as a FNJ
team that visited the district to probe the abduction concluded that the former Maoist rebels, who abducted and killed several journalists during their decade-long insurgency that ended in 2006, had abducted Shah.
Regarding threat issued to Rameshwor Karki, Dhading correspondent of Avenues Television, the FNJ
has said any complaint against news broadcast can be resolved legally.
Sudarshan Baral of Himal Khabar Patrika and Sikshyak Masik was severely beaten up by protesters," Poshan KC, the FNJ General Secretary, said in the statement.
FNJ also urged the Maoists to respect press freedom and demanded the government arrange for a "secure environment" where journalists can collect and disseminate news without fear and intimidation.
, Nepal Media Society, Television Broadcasters Association, Broadcasting Association of Nepal, Community Radio Broadcasters Association have jointly launched the national campaign to pressurise the political parties to end the deadlock, according to the statement.
The statement signed by NCCPC Coordinator Kailash Sirohiya Sirohiya and FNJ
President Dharmendra Jha has demanded that all the political parties including the UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress and CPN-UML work together to return the nation back on track.
A martyrs' monument being constructed at Media Village in the memory of journalists who lost their lives in the line of duty, was jointly inaugurated by former FNJ
The harrowing data indicate that Nepal is no better than it was some four years ago when the civil war was raging," said FNJ
secretary Ramji Dahal, who coordinated the monitoring.
Nuwakot-Rasuwa Branch held a press meet for the purpose at Reporters' Club here on Saturday.