Jamim Shah Murder Coverage Invites Threat to Nepali Newspapers

Kantipur and Kathmandu Post editors and publisher threatened

For the Record: Today’s Kathmandu Post and Kantipur, Nepal’s largest English and Nepali language daily newspapers, have reported, on their front pages, that their editors and publisher have received telephone and email threats from unidentified persons to stop newspapers’ coverage on Jamim Shah murder. Two unidentified gunmen had killed Shah, a controversial media personality, at Lazimpat in the Capital on Sunday (7 Feb) afternoon.

Here’s what The Post writes:

The chairman and editors of The Kathmandu Post and Kantipur received threats from unidentified sources to stop the newspapers’ coverage on the killing of media entrepreneur Jamim Shah. Shah was killed on Sunday afternoon by unidentified gunmen here in Lazimpat.

Chairman and Managing Director of Kantipur Publications Kailash Sirohiya received an email on Friday (yesterday) to that effect. Editors of the Post and Kantipur, Akhilesh Upadhyay and Sudheer Sharma received threats over telephone on Thursday and Friday.

“Stop immediately the kind of news coverage you have been giving to Jamim’s killing, or else you will face serious consequences within 15 days,” said a caller to Sharma. The caller used both English and Hindi. Upadhyay was asked to “shut up or we will make you shut up”.

The email sent to Sirohiya asks him to stop the coverage on Shah or face consequences within 15 days.

Pakistani newspaper Daily Mail too reports that its editor got threats from an unidentified caller. It writes: “Unidentified callers call DM offices to threaten Editor-in-Chief to stop publishing reports against India & RAW or to get ready to face Jamim Shah like fate”

FJN Condemns

The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) today strongly denounced the threats issued to the chairman of the Kantipur Publications and the editors of The Kathmandu Post and Kantipur. Issuing a statement, the FNJ central committee said the threats given to them over the issue of covering news on slain media entrepreneur Jamin Shah has drawn the media body’s serious attention. Continue reading Jamim Shah Murder Coverage Invites Threat to Nepali Newspapers