Prakash Singh Thakuri

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As Nepal's constituent assembly failed to meet Sunday's deadline for the passage of a new constitution, a new report released this week on the risks to Nepal's media should remind political parties that peace and stability are not prerequisites to media freedom but rather that a strong, independent press operating without fear is a requirement for a healthy civil society.

CPJ’s 2012 Impunity Index spotlights countries
where journalists are slain and killers go free

September 15, 2011

Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai

c/o Embassy of Nepal
2131 Leroy Place, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Via facsimile: 202-667-5534

Dear Prime Minister Bhattarai:

We are alarmed by recent reports regarding the planned amnesty of criminal cases pending from past political violence in Nepal and are writing to express our concern that people convicted of killing journalists could go free based on political decisions made by your government.

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