The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has expressed grave concern about a decision made by the management of Bottlers Nepal Limited, Coca-Cola Nepal, against Gajendra Budhathoki, Editor-in-Chief of Lumbinisanchar.com and a FNJ member.
The management of Bottlers Nepal threatened trade union representatives and instructed trade union officials to straighten things out with Budhathoki after he published a piece of follow-up news last year about 73 percent of Bottlers Nepal’s shares being traded abroad without the knowledge of Nepali authorities, according to a press statement released Saturday by FNJ. The investigation conducted by the Revenue Investigation Department formed the basis for the follow-up news story.
Furthermore, journalist Budathoki reported to the federation that he has been receiving threats from an unknown number and fears his life is in danger.
The FNJ stated that the security of journalists had deteriorated and been jeopardized as a result of the management of Bottlers Nepal’s action. It claimed that Bottlers Nepal’s actions were unlawful and infringed on press and expression rights. If one is dissatisfied with Budhathoki’s work, there are legal channels to file a protest, according to FNJ.
The FNJ believes that the event should be investigated and legal action taken against the management of Bottlers Nepal for putting journalists in danger.