KATHMANDU: Unified CPN-Maoist Spokesperson Agni Sapkota said that his party has taken serious exception to the media reports that the UCPN-M was responsible for the 22 journalists who were displaced from Dailekh in the wake of death threats.
Issuing a press release here in the capital on Sunday Sapkota said that his party does not have any policy to intimidate the journalists.
Earlier the UCPN-M cadres had warned the journalists of Dailekh that they will meet the fate of Dailekh-based slain journalist Dekendra Thapa in the district conference of the party a week ago.
Following death threats and attack on “ Tesro Aankha” one of the local daily newspaper in Dailekh, the journalists were displaced from Dailekh and have been currently residing in Surkhet.
The statement reads that his party does not have any policy to jeopardize the safety of journalists and further stated that the party does not have any involvement in the recent case of displacing the Dailekh-based journalists.
Sapkota stated in a statement that “UCPN-M has been committed to press freedom and expression and raising their voice to guarantee the security of the journalists and freedom.”
The statement further urged all the concerned authorities to create a good environment to work for the Dailekh-based journalists.