Baral was abducted after leaving his house in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, to conduct an interview on Saturday, September 13. During his detention, local sources allege that Baral was blindfolded and subjected to interrogations and "mental and physical torture." He is currently in the hospital.
In addition to Joshi, at least two other journalists remain in detention: Subhashankar Kandel, editor of the weekly Janadharana, was arrested by plainclothes security forces on September 9; and Ramahari Chaulugain, a reporter with the weekly Sanghu, was kidnapped on August 28 by an unknown group that is suspected to have links to government forces.
No known charges have been filed against any of the three journalists, all of whose whereabouts are unknown.
For more information on the wave of violence against journalists in Nepal, see CPJ's September 15 alert.