Dangerous protests

Covering demonstrations continues to be dangerous for Nepalese journalists. Many reporters were the targets of intimidation or violence during clashes between protesters and police in 2016. Several months of demonstrations in the southern Terai lowlands fuelled political instability and mounting physical threats to journalists and media. There was also an increase in arrests of outspoken journalists in 2016. In June, the authorities issued a directive restricting online media freedom and free speech. Inter alia, it allowed them to block websites arbitrarily for content deemed to be immoral or “without authoritative source or creating misconceptions among the public.”

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



105 in 2016

Global score


32.62 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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