New York, February 28, 2003
—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the recent harassment of two journalists by Maoist rebel forces in Nepal. In separate incidents, Maoist rebels have threatened journalists whose reporting criticized the "People's War."
In mid-February, reporters for the national newspaper Nepal Samacharpatra
learned that their colleague Deepak Bahadur Thapa has been confined to his village, Thapsa Gaon, in the western district of Accham, for the last three months on the orders of local Maoist leaders who control the area. The Maoist leadership threatened Thapa, Accham-based correspondent for Nepal Samacharpatra
, saying that he would be in danger if he attempted to leave the village, according to the newspaper's editor, Kapil Kafle. The rebels have accused Thapa of writing against the People's War, Kafle said.