Kathmandu, April 26, 2016:Â The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has strongly demanded the immediate release of noted Journalist and Chairman of Sajha Yatayat Kanak Mani Dixit on Tuesday.
Issuing a press release today the IFJ said that the arrest of Kanak Mani Dixit has raised serious concerns over the situation of freedom of expression in Nepal and has raised questions over the proper judicial procedure, urging the Government of Nepal to immediately release Dixit.
The IFJ said: “The arrest of Kanak Mani Dixit raises serious concerns for the statement of freedom of expression in Nepal. The circumstances of Dixit’s arrest are questionable, raising questions about proper judicial procedure. The IFJ urges the Government of Nepal to immediately release Dixit and conduct a transparent investigation into the arrest and the CIAA’s allegations.”
Similarly, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for the immediate release of Kanak Mani Dixit, the founding editor of the independent regional news magazine Himal Southasian.
“Kanak Mani Dixit is a well-respected voice of responsible political discourse in Nepal, and should not be treated as a common criminal.” said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator. “We call on Nepalese authorities to release Dixit immediately.”
On December 15, Dixit had filed a writ petition at the Supreme Court (SC) against the CIAA and its chief commissioner Lokman Singh Karki stating that the CIAA had asked him to furnish property details going against the existing legal procedure. The Supreme Court on January 15 had raised a serious question over the CIAA summons against Dixit but did not issue an interim order to stop the CIAA’s investigation.
The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on April 22 arrested Dixit after he did not respond to the body’s frequent requests to be present at its office to furnish clarification over the investigation into his property details.