Attacks on the Press
• Three media owners slain. Kantipur group faces threats, obstruction.
Maoist cadres burn copies of two Kathmandu newspapers.
7th: Ranking on CPJ's Impunity Index, reflecting one of the world's worst records in solving press murders.
The repeated failure to elect a leader cast doubt on the success of Nepal's transition from a monarchy enmeshed in civil war to a democratic republic. While a coalition government was elected in 2008, two prime ministers have since resigned, leaving a power vacuum that India and China have been accused of exploiting. Law and order suffered as multiple political parties jockeyed for influence. Three prominent media owners were killed for unknown motives. Attacks on working journalists continued throughout the year, and there were reports of political groups torching newspapers to prevent distribution of news they did not like.