The Federation of Nepali Journalists (NFJ) has expressed its serious concern over a meeting minute of the Bottlers Nepal that targeted journalist Gajendra Budhathoki, seeking a probe and restraining him over a news story relating to the company.
Issuing a press statement on Saturday, FNJ's General Secretary Roshan Puri said that FNJ's serious attention was drawn to such minute regarding Budhathoki's news report on investigation of the Revenue Investigation Department regarding the company's offshore share trading without informing Nepalis authorities- regarding the trading of 73 per cent share of Bottlers Nepal.
Currently, Budhathoki is the editor-in-chief of lumbinisanchar.com.
The Bottlers Nepal even directed some of its office-bearers of the trade union for a physical assault to Budhathoki and also made phone calls threatening him, the FNJ has mentioned in its press statement quoting Budhathoki.
General Secretary Puri mentioned that such an act to decide through the minute is sheer interference on the freedom of expression and unconstitutional. In case of concern over news content, the Bottlers' Nepal could reach legal recourse rather than issuing threat.
The FNJ also concluded that such an act has made the journalists' security more challenging.
Similarly, the FNJ has asked the concerned authorities to take legal actions against the management of the Bottlers Nepal after an investigation on such panicking directives.
Source: National News Agency Nepal