Two masked gunmen on motorbikes fired on Shah, chairman of
Channel Nepal television and
the satellite Space Time Network, as he was traveling in a car near the French
Embassy in Kathmandu's busy Lazimpat district.
Police told local media that Shah had been shot twice in the head and once in
Shah died an hour later while being treated at a nearby
hospital, news reports said. Shah's driver, Mathura Man Malakar, suffered a
thigh wound. Police told reporters that they had not determined a motive for
Shah had business interests in several fields but was best known
for his media companies. He considered the first to introduce private cable
television to Nepal,
in 2001. His satellite network controlled virtually all of the distribution of
foreign TV channels in Nepal,
according to news reports.
Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.