Media publisher slain; editors threatened
Arun Singhaniya, publisher of "Janakpur Today" and chairman of the Today Group, was murdered by a man riding on the back of a motorcycle, in Shiva Chowk Janakpur, Dhanusha District.
Singhaniya's murder, which comes less than a month after media entrepreneur Jamim Shah was killed in Kathmandu, points to the government's failure to provide security for journalists and media workers. FNJ organised a protest rally on 3 March.
Last month, the chairman and editors of two Nepali newspapers received threats because of their coverage of the murder of media owner Jamin Shah on 7 February, according to IPI.
On 12 February, the chairman and managing director of Kantipur Publications, Kailash Sirohiya, received an email message telling him to stop reporting on Shah's murder or face reprisals. On 11 and 12 February, "Kathmandu Post" editor Akhilesh Upadhyay and "Kantipur" editor Sudheer Sharma received threats over the telephone. Upadhyay's caller said: "Shut up or we will make you shut up."