Attacks on the Press
• Government fails to investigate press freedom abuses.
• Reporter slain after covering Maoist land seizures.
8th: Ranking on CPJ Impunity Index, making it one of world’s worst for press.
Nepal’s news media entered 2009 in a state of crisis. Attacks on the press had escalated in late 2008 amid a climate of impunity. The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), a local press freedom group, led weeklong, nationwide demonstrations to raise awareness about the deteriorating environment. On December 28, 2008, Maoist leaders signed a 10-point agreement to address the lawless situation. Clauses included a promise to create a governmental bureau to investigate press freedom violations, local news reports said.