Women Journalists Targeted In Terai

Press Release: IFEX – Scoop World (New Zealand) – Thurs 15 Jan, 2008

Nepal: Women Journalists Targeted In Terai

The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) and other IFEX members, as well as the United Nations human rights office in Nepal, have condemned the brutal murder of a journalist and women’s rights activist, as well as death threats made against another women reporter in the Terai region of southern Nepal.

Uma Singh, a reporter at Radio Today FM and the daily paper “Janakpur Today”, and member of Women’s Human Rights Defenders in Dhanusha, was attacked on 11 January by a gang of around 15 unidentified men armed with “khukhuris” – curved knives traditional to Nepal.

According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the men burst into the room she rented in Janakpur, in the southern district of Dhanusha, and stabbed her repeatedly in front of other tenants. She died while being transferred to a hospital in Kathmandu. . .

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