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Protests against killing of journalist

world Updated: Mar 03, 2010 18:56 IST

Hundreds of journalists in Nepal on Wednesday staged a protest rally in the capital to highlight growing insecurity among media persons after the killing of a top publisher from the Terai region bordering India.

The murder of Arun Singhaniya, publisher of Janakpur Today and owner of Radio Today, in the Terai town of Janakpur -- about 200 kilometres southeast of the capital -- on Monday triggered nationwide protests today.

Journalists staged protest rally in front of the District Administration Office (DAO), Kathmandu, at the initiative of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ), an umbrella organisation of journalists in Kathmandu.

Media persons in districts outside the capital also staged protests in front of the respective DAOs.

The journalists criticised the government for its inability to provide security to journalists and demanded resignation of Home Minister Bhim Rawal, according to a private radio.

Media freedom campaigners say journalists in Nepal are frequently targeted, particularly in the southern plains.

The murder of Singhaniya came less than a month after media tycoon Jamim Shah was murdered in broad daylight in Kathmandu.

The agitating journalists sought action against the culprits and urged the government to ensure security of journalist. Uma Singh, a radio journalist who worked for Singhaniya, was killed last year.