Kanak Mani Dixit, 49, a respected journalist and editor of the influential progressive newsmagazine in Nepal called Himal was arrested and then released. The arrest came soon after Mr. Dixit criticized King Gyanendra. The King recently dissolved the democratically elected government on February 1. Recent events have created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation towards anyone questioning his authority.
The Committee to Protect Journalists has published its condemnation of Mr. Dixit’s unwarranted arrest.
What a pity that the Western press has turned a blind eye to what is happening in the only surviving Hindu kingdom on this planet. If anyone of you have read about what is going on there, please send me links to well written and thought out articles.
By the way, I tried linking to Himal magazine, but the link [http://www.himalmag.com/] appears to be dead. That’s odd, but I am not surprised that it is off-line. When a repressive government chooses to curb the exchange of ideas, you can bet there is more trouble ahead. Let’s hope that the Nepali people find some way to return to democracy once and for all.
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