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Journalists, activists seek release of Himal Editor Kanak Mani Dixit

CHENNAI :21/08/2014: FOR CITY : Kanakmani Dixit,Editor,Himal Southasia addressing the students of Dept of Humanities and Social Sciences,IIT M in Chnenai. Photo: K_Pichumani.

CHENNAI :21/08/2014: FOR CITY : Kanakmani Dixit,Editor,Himal Southasia addressing the students of Dept of Humanities and Social Sciences,IIT M in Chnenai. Photo: K_Pichumani.   | Photo Credit: K_Pichumani

Prominent journalists, activists and scholars from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, the US, Australia, the UK and Sri Lanka, have urged the Nepal government to release well-known journalist Kanak Mani Dixit, saying he was a courageous voice for transparency and freedom of expression in Nepal and across South Asia.

“It is with deep concern that we have learned of the arrest of Kanak Mani Dixit, the widely respected founder-editor of Himal Media and a courageous voice for transparency, freedom of expression and democratic rights in Nepal and across South Asia. The charges are related to alleged corruption but Kanak Dixit says it is part of a vendetta pursued against him by people in government,” said a statement jointly issued by them.

“We have known Kanak Dixit as a true professional, human rights defender and energetic journalist whose credentials are built on robust research and tremendous courage. Kanak Dixit’s detention comes at a time of increased pressure on free media across South Asia,” the statement said.

The activists and journalists urged national and international media organisations to seek Mr. Dixit's immediate release and a fair and transparent trial, free of bias.

“We call upon the Government of Nepal to issue a transparent and unequivocal statement on his detention for we are deeply concerned about his safety and rights,” said the statement.

“We condemn all forms of pressure tactics on editors like him and other courageous media figures such as Mahfuz Anam of the Daily Star in Dhaka, who is facing 80 cases of sedition and libel in Bangladeshi courts, as well as other media persons who are committed to the rule of law and justice,” the statement noted.

Nepal’s anti-graft body on Friday arrested Mr. Dixit from his Lalitpur-based residence on charges of corruption and illegal accumulation of property.

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